Action Steps Due to Novel Coronavirus
Updates from President Tom Manley for operations and policies due to Novel Coronal Virus (COVID-19) are posted below chronologically.
PLEASE NOTE: for additional steps taken and up-to-date information, please view the Novel Coronavirus information page.
Friday, March 27, 2020
Dear Antioch Community,
In light of the continued and unprecedented challenges we face due to COVID-19, we find it necessary to take additional steps to ensure the health and safety of all members of our community near and far, even as we maintain continuity of our educational mission.
After careful thought and consultation, we have decided to move all course instruction to a distance learning format for the entire Spring quarter.
Key information is as follows:
- Residence halls will remain closed (except for those who have already been accommodated by special request).
- Faculty and students can expect a communication from Kevin McGruder by the end of the day Tuesday to ensure that each of you has the support you need to make this a successful experience.
- Staff members will hear from Hannah Montgomery about the impact on your work, and are encouraged to discuss concerns with your supervisor if you need further clarification once you hear from her.
- Due to COVID-19 uncertainty, Commencement is postponed. While this is disappointing and creates challenges, we will do our best to ensure graduates and their families will have the opportunity to celebrate together on campus once a date has been decided.
- Plans for courses and programs that will be available during the Summer block session (J/A block) will be shared as soon as it is available.
- ComCil and College Council will continue to function by meeting remotely.
We are fully aware of the challenges of discontinuity and the loss of our on-campus experience. Please know that we are dedicated to doing everything we can to mitigate the losses, to take care of one another, and to find ways to bring the community together.
My thanks to each and every one of you as we weather this storm. We will persevere with resilience, flexibility, and our Antiochian spirit of collaboration.
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Dear Antioch Community,
Today, Gov. Mike DeWine issued a Stay-At-Home order in response to the continued spread of COVID-19 in our area. The order formalizes the instructions given by Gov. DeWine previously to stay at home if at all possible and is effectively in line with the steps that we have already been taking at the College Under the order, people can leave their homes for work at essential businesses — which includes colleges and universities.
What does this mean for Antioch? The College’s operations will continue albeit predominantly in a more remote, online form. However, there are essential activities that must continue on campus, as necessary, during the spread of COVID-19, including activities in Residential Life, Health Services, Public Safety, Finance, Food Service, Housekeeping and Maintenance, Wellness Center (Pool Maintenance), Antioch Farm (Animal Care), Glen Helen Raptor Center (Animal Care), Information Technology, Advancement. College operations activities not in this list, should have already or be readily able to shift to working at a remote location (Please see: https://forms.gle/FxJhoiqZ1mue6bkLA).
Area leaders should work with their teams to determine the staffing hours required to meet the essential onsite objectives for their area and make assignments to accomplish those objectives. Please Note Well: Even individuals in positions considered essential, should not come to campus if they are experiencing symptoms or have been around people who are experiencing symptoms. Self-isolate for at least 14 days and communicate your status to your supervisor.
As of today, the following campus buildings have been closed and should only be accessed by staff in essential areas or when absolutely necessary (e.g., retrieving personal belongings and/or needed work supplies):
- Arts & Science Building
- Wellness Center
- Library (with limited pick up hours for mail to be determined soon)
- Foundry Theatre
- Fine Arts building
- Weston Hall
- Coretta Scott King Center
Please let Hannah Montgomery know if you have any questions about how the stay at home order will affect activities at the College and be sure to regularly check out the College’s COVID-19 update page.
Thank you to everyone who is working so hard in support of the College and contribute to the health and safety of everyone in such uncertain and challenging times.
Take care, stay connected by email, phone, or waving from you windows; practice kindness, and keep calm. We WILL get through this together.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
In light of the quickly evolving circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic and with your safety and care utmost in mind, I am writing to let you know of the following actions:
- Classes are suspended for Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13.
- Course instruction and exams will be completed online for the remainder of the Winter quarter.(Students, details will be forthcoming from your individual course instructors).
- In keeping with the recommendations for proximate “social distancing” (not “emotional distancing”), we are cancelling all College sponsored events until further notice;
- Employees should avoid events, gatherings and travel on official College business until further notice.
- Additionally, we are strongly encouraging all members of the community to practice social distancing, including attendance of events and gatherings.
- We are revising safety protocols for essential services at the College—including the Kitchens, Wellness Center, among others—and will update you about these as soon as possible.
- Residence halls will close as scheduled for the winter term on Sunday, March 22.
- Students who need to arrange extensions should contact Residence Life as soon as possible; we ask all students to share check out and travel plans with RL staff.
- Courses will begin online at the beginning of the Spring quarter as scheduled on April 6.
- Note well that we are delaying opening of residence halls until April 18.
- Students who are planning for Co-op term this Spring should be in touch with a member of the Co-op faculty as soon as possible to confirm your plans.
- Please be in touch with Ellise Peryoux in the Business Office with any questions about billing for the Spring quarter.
- To discuss how these steps affect your particular situation:
- Students: Please be in touch with Academic Affairs and watch for a message related to academic sequence change.
- Staff and Employees: a separate email will be sent to you shortly.
A special task force has been formed to track the COVID-19 situation closely. The task force is chaired by Rick Kraince and includes Susan Lee, Gariot Louima, Kevin McGruder, Angela Moore, Roger Stoppa, Mike Fair, and Pan Reich. You can expect further communication and updates on a regular basis.
I advise you to check the College’s COVID-19 policy and resource guide for additional updates and more information at: antiochcollege.edu/novel-coronavirus
Please know that all the measures mentioned above are being taken out of an abundance of caution—rather than a sense of panic—to safeguard our community.
Finally, to each and every student: beyond ensuring your physical safety, supporting you and your learning is the primary goal of each and every faculty and staff member at Antioch College. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with your questions or concerns. We are here for you.
Thank you for your cooperation, everyone!