March 17 Message to Undergraduates: Reminders & Updates as Classes Resume

To Our Undergraduates:

Just over seven weeks ago, we wrote you about a new virus strain that had led to two cases in the U.S.

Today that number stands at 4,226—and 75 people in this country have died.

Nearly every day, the restrictions and guidance grow more severe.

Last Thursday, Ohio’s governor ordered K-12 schools closed effective today. He closed bars and restaurants Sunday (except for takeout and delivery), and yesterday shut down movie theaters, fitness centers, and more. Then, despite a judge’s order barring the move, he canceled today’s primary voting because of the current public health crisis.

Today marks one week since we first asked you to stay (or, if on campus, go as soon as possible) home. Events since have only increased the urgency of this request. The university’s travel office has advised that outbound travel from Cleveland appears likely to grow more difficult after March 31 as major carriers reduce April and May capacity by 40 to 50 percent.

For those who must remain on campus, the university is committed to providing care and support. We are equally dedicated to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for you and our staff. In that context, I wanted to provide a few reminders and updates:

  • The university’s code of conduct and community standards remain fully in place. Violations of conduct risk removal from campus housing.
  • Given the current public health emergency, visitors from outside the campus are not permitted in student housing.
  • Students in campus housing or other university spaces are expected to follow federal guidance regarding limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people.
  • Meal plan dining in Leutner and Fribley resumes tomorrow at 7 a.m. Students who would like to join the meal plan at a pro-rated cost can learn more on the dining website.
  • University Health and Counseling Services (UHCS) will perform the overwhelming majority of its appointments by telephone. For more information on how to schedule appointments, visit the UHCS website.
  • Your navigators emailed last week. Do not hesitate to call or email with questions or concerns.

Tomorrow begins a massive educational experiment for the entire university. Your professors, [U]Tech and other staff have been working hard to prepare. Please try to be patient as everyone adjusts to this new model, and know that we will continue to keep you informed of all developments—academic and otherwise.

We wish you the best possible return to classes.

Lou Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs