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COVID-19 Timeline

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  • COVID-19 Working Group established, co-chaired by Jason MacLeod and Jeremiah Davie and tasked with preparing for mass illness, ensuring continuity of instruction, educating on infection control, and helping prepare and disseminate information
  • Majority of events cancelled in line with state and federal guidelines
  • Encouraged domestic and international students to stay home
  • Student employment redeployment plan being developed
  • Preparing for student deposit deadline extensions
  • Preparing training for remote work should campus fully close
  • Workshop to BPS and Davinci being offered and made available to others
  • 24/7 IT availability begins
  • Reduced our on-campus population from approximately 3,500 to 240.
  • Developing FAQ sheet
  • Webcams and headsets ordered for faculty
  • Social distancing measures for remaining on-campus students put in place
  • 67 students need or have chosen to remain on campus, with 35 in the dorms and 32 in the apartments
  • Students offered dining services and toilet paper; made 200 care packages for students
  • Marcom launches daily positivity communication for students through Mission Office; messages gathered from faculty, staff, and Grey Nuns
  • Essential A/B staff list distributed
  • The open house scheduled for April 4 will be cancelled; virtual experience being created
  • Non-essential budget identified and will be frozen and reallocated to an account for essential operations. Corporate credit cards have been frozen.
  • Special COVID-19 faculty newsletter launches; updated weekly
  • Online instruction starts today!
  • Faculty training begins for digitizing labs
  • Spectrum offers free WiFi to students and faculty; 200 MiFi available on loanable laptops
  • More than 200 staff attend online work-from-home training; policies and forms distributed; work-from-home plans completed by end of week
  • Federal work study opportunities shifted and remote positions posted on Purple Briefcase
  • US Canada border officially closed for non-essential travel – immediate accommodations made for Canadian employees
  • We went test-optional for SATs
  • SGA donates $10,000 for a special fund to help with the crisis
  • National Guard calls for help from healthcare professionals and nurses; D’Youville will take on a significant role
  • Teaser video goes out to prospective students announcing shift to virtual open houses

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  • Academics reports 3,000 students are being served in the digital format
  • Essential staff letters distributed
  • Marcom and E3 develop a social media plan to engage community while working and studying remotely
  • Final work from home plans and forms due. IT available to those who need equipment.
  • Leah Sciabarrasi, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, establishes HR Sharepoint site for instructions and information for employees and students with key forms, policies, FAQ’s, tips, and health and financial wellness supports
  • Campus moves to a tag-out, lock-out system for sanitation of spaces
  • Federal relief measures added to FAQ page for employees
  • Plan developed to honor and thank cleaning staff
  • Call-in plan developed for all alumni to check-in
  • Plan in progress to help BPS with tutors
  • David Rhodes accepts VP Enrollment of Management position
  • Reports that more than 50 faculty worked with IT for extra assistance for teaching online classes

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  • Leadership and deans work with accreditors, area hospitals, and state representatives to mobilize expedited graduation for physician assistants, nurses, and pharmacists to alleviate workforce shortages

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  • All labs go digital
  • Online instruction will continue indefinitely
  • Kavinoky Theatre hires out-of-work actors to help build out simulations for online clinics and instruction
  • Extensive media coverage on D’Youville’s plans to expedite graduation; offer $1,000 bonuses to students who graduate early to help with COVID-19 workforce shortages — committing to renting or buying a home in NYS
  • News outlets begin utilizing D’Youville academic experts en mass for COVID-19 coverage
  • Work team brings together individuals working to re-vision May Commencement
  • IT 100% work from home on-site support fully mobilized, supplemented with on-site for those who need it
  • Peace and Cookies project completed (individually packaged cookies dropped off in the Residence Halls with inspirational messages for students)
  • In discussion: creating a student mental health tool to gauge their well-being
  • New virtual open house launches

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  • Talk, Listen, & Encourage: A SharePoint page with resources and hotlines for emotional and mental health
  • Closing the Distance: A SharePoint page with spiritual resources, virtual prayer intention book, and opportunities for engagement, including streaming prayer services and addiction support groups
  • One at One: D'Youville comes together as one at 1 PM for daily prayer in 5 minutes or less
  • Life at a Distance: mini-webinars from experts on topics that affect our daily lives in this new shared reality. Upcoming webinars: How do I stay fit? How do I shop, cook, and eat well? Where is God in all of this? How do I say in good mental health?

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  • BuffaLearn Live Study
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    • 3 requests for help/3 matches

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  • D'Youville extends pass/fail request deadline to June 1.
  • The COVID-19 Working Group at D'Youville provides recommendations for safe campus instruction to help support social distancing requirements and coordinate with government regulations. 

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  • D'Youville releases the COVID-19 FAQ Draft for Students and Parents.

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  • D'Youville suspends the Fall 2020 athletics season.
  • D'Youville releases the Campus Restart Plan.

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