[UCONN_OFFICIAL_ANNOUNCEMENTS-L] UConn Coronavirus Daily Update for 3-10-20

To the University Community:

Given the quickly changing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak and the need to communicate with multiple audiences, the university is going to begin sending a daily update with all new coronavirus-related messages to the UConn community. This will centralize communications in one place and reduce the number of overlapping, stand-alone messages that the UConn community will receive.

CURRENT STATUS: All students, faculty and staff need to register all international travel, if you have not already. Out-of-state travel on university business is suspended. As of today, planned events and gatherings that include more than 100 people can continue as planned. This includes on-campus conferences, meetings, performances, athletic events and other gatherings. Should this guidance change, the university will communicate that change to the campus community.

Please click the READ MORE links to see the full messages, below.

CRITICAL MESSAGE FOR ALL FACULTY: While a decision to suspend on-campus operations has not been made at this time, in light of the COVID-19 virus, all faculty must begin preparing now in the event UConn chooses to transition to remote teaching online after Spring Break. Faculty should have plans in place, based on guidance below, to make that transition as soon as March 23. This is to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for all courses, should the university make this choice in the near future in the best interests of public health. Faculty should also get in the habit of taking their laptops home every night to prepare for the possibility of a short-notice decision to restrict access to campus. READ MORE.

CRITICAL MESSAGE FOR ALL STUDENTS: The COVID-19 pandemic will come to the state of Connecticut and it will likely directly impact UConn. In that case, we are prepared for the possibility of moving classes to an online-only format and having students return home when possible. This has already occurred at some universities in the country. It is strongly recommended that students bring along all necessary academic materials (textbooks, laptop, notes, etc.) during the Spring Break period in case the decision is made to not return to in-class instruction.  Should the university determine that instruction will be offered online, students may not have the ability to return to the residence halls. READ MORE.