The outbreak of the novel coronavirus continues to be a growing concern locally, nationally and globally. Spalding will share important local information on this webpage – please scroll all the way through to find info that may apply to you – as well as through email and social media. Also refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and Kentucky Department of Public Health for COVID-19 information. The state’s COVID-19’s hotline is 800-722-5725.
From President McClure | Return to Campus planning update | May 18, 2020
May 18, 2020
Dear Spalding Community,
I cannot say enough about the resilience our students, faculty and staff have demonstrated during the upheaval of the past two months. I have been inspired by the way you have supported each other and continued carrying out Spalding’s mission of learning, service and compassion, and I have never been more proud to lead this institution.
We can rely on the collective strength of our campus community to help us move forward as we wind down the 2019-20 academic year and look ahead with hope to 2020-21. We can’t wait for our current students to return for the next step in their academic journey, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome our new students.
It is fully our intention to return to campus and in-person instruction this fall if, and only if, it is safe to do so. We are making preparations to that end.
I am pleased to announce the formation of a coordinating committee focused on developing Spalding University’s “Return to Campus” plan. Chris Hart, Chief of Staff and Dean of Operations, will chair the Return to Campus Committee.
The committee will include representatives from all academic, operational and student support departments, and they will work with me to formulate a plan for the safe reopening of campus for in-class instruction and other campus activities this fall.
Importantly, the Return to Campus plan will incorporate the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local and state government officials. One of the great advantages of being a small institution is our nimbleness, and we will change and adapt as necessary to support our students and keep our campus safe. All aspects of how the University operates will be evaluated within the context of ensuring the health and wellness of our students, faculty, staff and visitors.
This will include considerations for personal protective equipment and the safe configuring of classrooms, labs, residence halls, athletic facilities and other campus spaces. Our plan will also include creating the flexibility to move courses online in the event that’s needed, or to deliver courses with a blend of face-to-face and online instruction. We’ll take advantage of our expertise in teaching most courses in six-week blocks that we know our students find convenient.
At Spalding, our professors, advisors, coaches, admissions counselors, financial aid staff and student-support staff know our students personally and are there to lend a hand. We’ll continue to teach and conduct business with compassion, understanding the challenges the pandemic has created for many of our students and their families.
It is too soon to say definitively what our return to campus will look like. What we can say definitively is that your safety and the safety of the broader community will remain our top priorities. Another abiding priority is to provide our students with a great experience while receiving a great education.
We look forward to reporting our new planning committee’s work and welcoming you to campus this fall.
May you, and all those you love, be well.
All the best,
Tori Murden McClure
Spalding University President
Other COVID-19 Information
Public Health Resources
- The CDC website has a wealth of information on the Coronavirus and COVID-19.
- The Kentucky Department of Public Health has created this page with information.
- Link to a Louisville Metro handout with quick tips on prevention.
- Kentucky Educational Television has a comprehensive webpage with resources.
- A printable, downloadable quick reference guide with lots of easy-to-read facts and advice regarding COVID-19.
- Kentucky's Council on Postsecondary Education has a resource page details ways to get Internet access during the pandemic, including a list of offers from Internet service providers.
- Among them, Spectrum is offering free broadband to k-12 and college students beginning March 16 for up to 60 days. To enroll in the service you can call 1-844-488-8395, the company says it will waive installation fees for student households. Charter will also open its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use.
- Comcast: The cable giant is offering free access to its Xfinity WiFi hot spots for everyone, including non-subscribers, for the 60 days. It's also providing unlimited data to its customers for no extra charge and is not disconnecting internet service or charging late fees for customers who say they can't pay their bills. The company is also providing 60 days of free basic internet service to new customers. https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19
- AT&T is waiving overage fees for 60 days on wireless data plans and lifting caps for home broadband. https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html
- Spalding students can download Microsoft Office for free at https://portal.office.com using a Spalding login.
- Students who need access to a scanner are advised to download a free PDF scanner app on your phone, such as Microsoft Office Lens or Genius Scan.
- Enterprise rental car company is offering college student travel assistance by waiving young renter fees and reducing the minimum age to rent a car.
- Here is a community-sourced document with a range of local information and resources.
- Free Educational Resources: https://www.cato.org/blog/free-online-learning-resources-when-coronavirus-closes-schools
- Information on how COVID-19 is impacting higher education: https://bryanalexander.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-higher-education-resources/
- Comprehensive guide for Spalding employees working from home (accessing voicemail, having your office phone direct to your cell phone, using GoToMeeting and Microsoft Teams to conduct virtual meetings, etc.): https://spaldinguniversity.freshservice.com/support/solutions/folders/8000089365
- Comcast: The cable giant is offering free access to its Xfinity WiFi hot spots for everyone, including non-subscribers, for the 60 days. It's also providing unlimited data to its customers for no extra charge and is not disconnecting internet service or charging late fees for customers who say they can't pay their bills. The company is also providing 60 days of free basic internet service to new customers.
- Here is a community-sourced document with a range of local information and resources as folks work from home and socially distance.
- Spalding Center for Teaching and Learning Director Dr. Donna Elkins wrote a blog post offering five tips to taking your courses online.
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