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March 10 Covid-19 Student Update

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Dear Students: 

Out of an abundance of caution and in consideration of the World Health Organization’s emphasis on maintaining social distance as a basic preventative measure against COVID-19, we are shifting lectures and classroom-based learning to digital platforms beginning on Wednesday, March 18. Laboratory and simulation based instruction will proceed as usual on campus. Decisions about clinical and offsite placements will be made by host institutions. We will re-evaluate the need for digital classrooms on March 30.

We are implementing digital classrooms out of an abundance of caution and in consideration of individuals in our campus community who may have travelled to areas with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, over Spring Break.

To facilitate this transition, we are extending Spring Break by suspending all instruction (classes and labs) for Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17. Residence halls and dining services will open as originally scheduled on Sunday, March 15. 

The campus will remain open and all resources such as the Library, Residence Halls, Advocacy Center, Student Success, and Student Solutions will be accessible to the campus community. 

D’Youville’s move to digital platforms is intended to promote health and safety by maintaining social distance where possible, as recommended by the World Health Organization to help contain the spread of COVID-19. This action will also allow us to concentrate sanitation efforts toward laboratories, dining and residence halls, and other heavily trafficked areas.

To reiterate, there are no classes on Monday and Tuesday and all non-laboratory classes will be taught digitally through Zoom or a platform designated by your professor. Please await instructors’ guidance on how that will proceed. In the meantime you may refresh your Zoom skills here: https://zoom.us/resources.

We have established a dedicated email account: studentcovid19info@dyc.edu to answer questions about technical specifications for use of Zoom and other digital services.  If you need assistance in securing the technology necessary to utilize digital platforms please also contact us at studentcovid19info@dyc.edu at your earliest convenience.  

Thank you for understanding the steps we are taking to promote the health and safety of our campus community. In being proactive we hope to stem the spread of COVID-19 in Western New York.