Dear Assumption Faculty and Staff,
This morning, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker ordered “all business and organizations that do not provide ‘COVID-19 Essential Services’ to close their physical work spaces and facilities to workers…as of Tuesday, March 24 at noon until Tuesday, April 7 at noon.” The Governor has asked that residents to “remain in their homes and limit travel to only necessary trips including grocery stores, pharmacies and other medical needs.”
Continuity of College Operations
Please be aware that Assumption will fully comply with this order and contingency plans for the continuity of College operations developed by Division Vice Presidents shall go into effect tomorrow morning. The Governor has included an exception for higher education that permits faculty and those providing essential services to students to travel to campus. These exceptions state that:
- Faculty may access their offices for instructional purposes only
- A small number of designated staff may access campus to continue providing for those students that remain on campus
- Campus Police will continue to have a presence on campus
Know that if you traveled internationally in the past 14 days, are exhibiting symptoms of illness, or if a member of your household is ill, you are prohibited from campus.
While the College and offices are “physically” closed, the work of the College will continue. Students were encouraged to contact faculty and staff by phone, email and video chat. It is critical that we continue to be accessible to students and one another during this time.
Academic Advising and Registration
Information will be sent to faculty and students later today relative to advising and registration for the 2020 Summer and Fall semesters. Please remember that nearly all advising functions can be performed through WebAdvisor. Please retrieve paper advising files only if it is absolutely necessary.
I strongly encourage members of our community to heed the Governor’s call and join others who seek to minimize the spread of coronavirus in Massachusetts. Thank you once again for your patience and flexibility to adjust to this unprecedented pandemic as the campus community continues to serve the students of Assumption College during this uncertain time.