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DILLARD UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT DR. WALTER M. KIMBROUGH'S CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 STATEMENT


 
Dear Dillard Community,

Like you, we have been closely following the developments of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It has been the University’s goal to ensure that we pass along helpful, relevant information while determining the best way to continue the safe operation of the campus. After monitoring information from the State of Louisiana and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as consulting with our friends in the local higher education community, the University has determined that it will move to an online format for all courses effective from March 23, 2020 until further notice. 

 

There are several things to note:


  • University services and offices, including residential halls and dining services, will still be available. 

  • Students will have the option to leave campus for the remainder of the semester as they will have the ability to access their courses remotely through the Canvas platform. Students who do not have the technology resources to access Canvas at home will be able to use the computer labs on campus.

  • Faculty and staff will be asked to report for work as both current and prospective students will still seek to access services. University employees should contact their supervisors about the specific implications for their positions during this period. Specific information for eligible Federal Work Study students will be sent to each student via (DU email) and supervisor, with detailed instructions regarding the remainder of the semester.

 

In the coming days, students and faculty will receive direct communication from Academic Affairs about their courses and the timeline for the transition. Honors Convocation, which was scheduled for March 24, has been postponed. Please note that the remaining 2019-2020 calendar and its deadlines will still be observed. Also, as we always note at Dillard, social media is a powerful tool. With that being said, please be aware of any rumors and speculation on social media. To ensure that you have the facts, monitor the University's official communications channels as we will post updates on the disease as it relates to the University community. 

 

As you know, there are COVID-19 cases in the Greater New Orleans area, none of which are related to Dillard. To that end, we strongly reiterate the importance of practicing healthy hygiene to reduce your chances of contracting the coronavirus just as you would practice flu prevention:


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Also, wash your hands before eating. Click here for the CDC’s best practices for hand-washing.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

  • If you do not have immediate access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away. 

  • If you do not have tissue available and are forced to use either a handkerchief or other type of cloth to blow your nose, either throw it away or wash it immediately. Keeping a moist piece of fabric means keeping contaminated fabric.  

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Clean and disinfect areas frequently using a spray or wipes.

 

We encourage you to keep up with COVID-19 updates via the CDC.

 

We are a resilient community in a resilient city, so we are confident that, together, we will all pull through this uncertain time. Take care of each other.


Walter M. Kimbrough, Ph.D.
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