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Event Logistics

As planning for the Sept. 29 Presidential Debate progresses, the health and safety of the Case Western Reserve community are our highest priority. The university and Cleveland Clinic teams have worked closely with local, state and federal agencies on security preparations since early August, and deeply appreciate the dedication and diligence of everyone involved.

Information related to event logistics likely will be changing; please keep an eye on this page for the most up-to-date information.

University Operations

The university will significantly reduce all on-campus operations starting at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, and continuing through midnight, Tuesday, Sept. 29.


  • All classes that start at 3 p.m. or later on Monday (Sept. 28) and all classes on Tuesday (Sept. 29) will transition to remote delivery. Classes will return to their regular formats on Wednesday, Sept. 30. If a course cannot be delivered remotely (for example, one that requires access to a lab), the respective school leaders will collaborate with faculty to determine whether exceptions will be granted or alternative arrangements made.
  • With the exception of those deemed essential to campus operations (e.g. safety, facilities, custodial staff, etc.), employees working on campus next Monday may depart at 3 p.m. and should not return to campus until Wednesday (Sept. 30). Other than essential employees, all staff should work from home on Tuesday; human resources will provide additional details about the adjustments in a separate communication.
  • University Counseling Services will provide virtual “support spaces” for students the evening of the debate, and will provide additional details later this week.
  • The Division of Public Safety has increased patrols on campus, including on the Nord Greenway and in the vicinity of the Maltz Performing Arts Center, and will maintain them through until after the debate. Those who park on streets are encouraged to make alternative arrangements on the day of the debate.

Health Education Campus Access

Due to the presidential debate preparations at Samson Pavilion, CWRU and Cleveland Clinic faculty, staff and students should enter Samson Pavilion using the west entrance only (off 93rd Street) through Sept. 25. Those who try to enter on the east side will be redirected to the west entrance.

Those who plan to come to Samson Pavilion this week must have their CWRU or Cleveland Clinic issued ID card.

Both Samson Pavilion and the Dental Clinic will be closed to faculty, staff and students from Saturday, Sept. 26, through Wednesday, Sept 30. The Health Education Campus will reopen Thursday, Oct. 1.