Since the last communication on Friday, March 13, a confluence of events on the local, state and national levels has resulted in the need to make some very difficult decisions related to the Coronavirus health emergency.
After much deliberation among Le Moyne's leadership team, and with the input of the Coronavirus Task Force, it has become clear to us that over the past 48 hours the situation has escalated to the point that it is necessary to move to online instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. In particular, decisions to limit the size of gatherings to 10 or fewer, close bars and restaurants, and increase travel restrictions confirmed with absolute clarity that the decision to move to online instruction is in the best interest of the health and safety of all members of the Le Moyne community, and all external constituencies.
Let me be clear that we are not closing the College, but rather transitioning to online instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. Students, if they haven't already, your instructors will reach out to you soon to open your courses to online instruction and learning.
Students are not allowed to return to campus. Residential students are not permitted to access any campus residence until further notice. In the coming weeks you will be notified with more information about when you will be able to access your building. Starting next week we will begin forwarding all mail to your home address. You may contact Campus Life at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
We are currently reviewing how this will impact various other operating areas, including enrollment management, facilities, the Student Success Center and information technology, to name but a few. In the wake of growing uncertainty, we are monitoring this situation continually and additional changes to the academic calendar are possible as we do all we can to support our students to enable them to fulfill their academic requirements. We will communicate this information as it is developed.
As a reminder, faculty will continue to have access to their offices. To help control access to our buildings, we have already transitioned to ID card access to enter any College facility. We will also be limiting access to certain buildings, including the library, as many of the functions found in the library - such as the IT Service Desk and services provided by Student Success Center - can and are being provided remotely.
"It saddens me to the core that we have come to this decision, and I can only imagine how heartbreaking this is for all of you, especially our seniors," said Le Moyne President Linda LeMura. "It's a difficult decision but one I know in my heart is the right one."