Vincennes University Coronavirus Update - March 11, 2020 - External Relations
Vincennes University Coronavirus Update - March 11, 2020
MARCH 11, 2020
As of today, Vincennes University has not been advised of any
students, faculty, or staff who have been diagnosed with the
coronavirus at any VU locations. Nevertheless, Vincennes University is
continuing to follow the recommendations of the Indiana State
Department of Health (ISDH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) with
respect to the coronavirus.
At this time VU classes at all locations will remain in session.
Residence halls and dining facilities will run on a normal
schedule. We are assessing conditions at each of our
locations on a daily basis and will provide regular updates on the
evolving coronavirus situation as information becomes available at the
VU coronavirus web page https://www.vinu.edu/coronavirus-updates.
The page also contains tips and other helpful information for
maintaining good health practices.
THE FOLLOWING IMMEDIATE ACTIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN:
For the next two weeks, through March 29, all large
University-sponsored events and activities (50+ people) will be
canceled. (NOTE: This does not yet include intercollegiate
athletic events. VU will be following NJCAA guidance on those
activities.) VU is coordinating with those facilitating these
events and will determine if those events can be rescheduled for a
later time or if they may be delivered in a manner that would allow
for social distancing (e.g. via video conferencing, web streaming,
etc.). Please look for updates to be posted on these and other
events and activities on the VU coronavirus web page.
All University-related out-of-state and international travel by
students, faculty, and staff is suspended, through April 15.
(NOTE: This does not yet include intercollegiate athletic events.
VU will be following NJCAA guidance on those activities.)
Please work with your supervisor to determine how to manage
travel that has already been planned and to determine if travel
after April 15 should be booked. VU’s leadership strongly
discourages all individuals from traveling to areas affected by the
coronavirus. Participation in large social gatherings is also discouraged.
VU’s custodial team is conducting additional deep cleanings and
disinfecting all residence halls, academic buildings and restrooms
several times daily with hospital-grade disinfectant.
Additional disinfecting wipes have been distributed to all main
offices and residence hall front desks. The University has
additional cleaning supplies, hand sanitizers and disinfectants on
hand and ready to be deployed as needed.
The University is taking steps to enhance the existing
infrastructure to support increased demands for online learning
and other activities should the need arise.
A special COVID-19 subcommittee of the Emergency Planning
Committee, is monitoring the situation and meeting daily to
update information for both the University community and to advise
the VU Executive Team on refined strategies and plans for
communicating about virus prevention and execute appropriate responses.
We care about your safety and will keep you up to date on all
information and advisories regarding the coronavirus. Please
understand that this is a fluid situation and new information is
coming forth daily. As this situation changes, we will respond to the
recommendations of the CDC and Indiana State Department of Health
accordingly and keep you informed.