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Message from University administration to faculty and staff

 

Previous updates and messages to the University community and links to CDC tips for cold and flu prevention and Ohio Department of Health, CDC and World Health Organization information on the coronavirus can be found here.

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March 20, 2020

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

We hope that you are doing as well as possible and keeping yourself and your loved ones healthy.  We wanted to make sure you received this video message, which is for the entire campus community but has a special focus on our students, as it delivers news that will be difficult for them to hear: that we will exclusively rely upon remote education for the remainder of this semester and postpone May commencement.

As the University approaches the end of our traditional spring break, we recognize that the last two weeks have been extraordinarily challenging for all of you, likely with little respite and generally with much greater effort and stress as you prepared to change significantly the way you teach and support our students. The can-do attitude and selfless spirit you have exhibited at every turn has impressed us, the full administrative team, and the Board of Trustees, and we’re grateful. It is clear by the actions you’ve already taken that your priority will always be our students and the educational, research, and service missions of the University.

As has been observed over the past 10 days, these are unprecedented times.  There is no “playbook” or set of protocols upon which any of us can rely, yet you have risen to the occasion again and again, and we know that you will continue to do so.  We offer our deep appreciation for your dedication, hard work, and selfless commitment to the University, its people, and our mission. We have heard encouraging, supportive comments from many of you, have felt the prayers of the community and have witnessed countless acts of solidarity and a collective positive attitude in the face of an unprecedented global event.  We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, much less next week or next month, but we do know that the University of Dayton is blessed with exceptional faculty and staff and that, as a result, we are as well-positioned as any university to continue to adapt as needed to advance our mission. Thank you for your efforts and your excellence.

Please keep those who are ill, health care professionals, and first responders in your hearts and prayers.  We wish you and your loved ones God’s blessings of good health and peace of spirit. 

Eric F. Spina, Paul Benson, and Andy Horner