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March 10 Covid-19 Faculty Update

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Dear Faculty:

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 to a hybrid digital/classroom model 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.

All classes and labs will be suspended Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 to support faculty in this transition.

This message will soon be followed by more specific information from deans and other University leaders, including plans for technology training beginning on Monday, March 16.  We created a dedicated email address for questions related to the new hybrid model: Please also take a moment to review D’Youville’s Instructional Continuity Plans and these Zoom 1-minute tutorials

These changes are necessary to allow our custodial staff to concentrate efforts toward laboratories and heavily trafficked areas, as well as to allow time for other precautionary cleaning practices. In being proactive, please help us stem the spread of COVID-19 in Western New York. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.