COVID-19 Message to Parents (March 16, 2020)
For the most up-to-date information, please see Denison’s primary COVID-19 Coronavirus information page.
Denison Parents and Families,
I just sent a communication to Denison students announcing our decision to extend remote learning for the rest of the semester. We also are taking actions to close our residence halls.
The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve quickly and dramatically. A week ago, we believed reducing the density of people on campus would get us through the coming weeks. We held out hope we could return to in-person learning and finish out the semester on campus. However, with the continued spread of the virus and our expectation that more areas of operation may be restricted by government order, we do not believe returning to in-person learning this semester is possible. Further, we are increasingly concerned about being able to sustain adequate services for the students remaining on campus. We also need to take steps to protect the health and safety of our faculty and staff.
I know these changes are challenging for students and for you as well. I want you to hear directly from me why I feel they are necessary and I also want to share my immense gratitude for your support over the last week and in the weeks ahead. Please, take a moment to watch this video message.
Students will get another email communication tonight with more details about what this means both for those who are still on campus and those who have already left.
As I said in my message to students tonight, I know this is hard. This is not the ending to the academic year we had planned for. But, I also know that our community rises in moments like these. We continue to get questions about how the community can provide support for students facing financial hardship as a result of these changes. We have established an Emergency Student Assistance Fund to help with a range of expenses including travel costs, storage and shipping fees, and technology expenses related to remote learning.
We will continue to keep you updated via email and encourage you to send questions to COVID19@Denison.edu.