Campus to close due to coronavirus concerns


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Justin Kucharski, Editor-in-Chief

Marywood University will be closed from March 18 at 4:30 p.m. to March 30 in order to limit access to campus buildings according to an email sent to students by Vice President for Enrollment Services and Student Success Ann Boland-Chase.

This news comes four days after the university announced it will move to online instruction until April 14. To help professors prepare for this move, face-to-face classes for the week of March 16 have been cancelled. Classes that have been instructed online all semester continued as they normally would have.

Faculty and staff were originally allowed to continue working on-campus. Now, any employees allowed to work on-campus or remotely will be notified by their Vice Presidents and/or supervisors, according to a memo sent to faculty and staff by President Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D. The memo also stated that Marywood will continue to pay regular, salaried and hourly employees their full wages while campus is closed.

While the move to online instruction will continue as planned, general access to campus buildings will not be allowed.

Boland-Chase said in her email that any students who need to retrieve items from campus buildings will need to make an appointment with Campus Safety via email or phone call.

She also said that any students who need to utilize the Student Health Center or Counseling/Student Development Center can do so by scheduling an appointment via email or phone call. Students that feel like they need to talk with a professional can make an appointment for a virtual meeting via email with the Retention and Advising Center.

Boland-Chase concluded her email by advising any students who reside in Pennsylvania to utilize state resources that include dialing 1-877-PA-HEALTH or Geisinger’s Nurse Triage Line for those experiencing symptoms, calling the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5590 or NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania’s HelpLine at 1-888-264-7972 for those who are feeling overwhelmed or utilizing the Pennsylvania state crisis text line.

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