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Coronavirus Update March 15

Students Must Leave Campus Housing by 5 pm Monday

 

Dear DePauw students, faculty, staff and parents,

As you know, we have been monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation while planning and preparing for its potential impact to our campus. The CDC has now declared a Global COVID-19 outbreak, which means that the U.S. is on a level 2 travel advisory

There are currently no presumptive positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 on campus. We will update the community immediately if that situation changes.

However, all students who are not already approved to stay and are not still awaiting a response to a previous submitted petition must leave campus at latest by Monday, March 16 at 5 p.m. Students whose travel plans are flexible or who are driving and can leave more quickly should do so. University Housing will be closed to all those who are not already approved to stay and are not still waiting to hear the outcome of a petition on Monday, March 16 at 5pm. 

  • We are also strongly recommending to House Corporations that students who live in Greek chapter houses return to their permanent residences by Monday, March 16 at 5pm. To be clear, students who live in fraternities and sororities, and do not have an approved petition to stay on campus, cannot be in University-owned buildings after Monday, March 16 at 5pm. We are in communication with House Corporations regarding move-out times and logistics. 

  • Students who have additional questions or concerns or those who have already booked travel after Monday should reach out to Student Academic Life at 765-658-4270. Staff will be available by phone today from 2-5pm.

  • Parents/guardians/families are not permitted in the residence halls, for safety reasons. We will have staff available in Housing and Residence life today and tomorrow to assist students in moving if needed. It is better for community health that families stay outside the buildings to help load vehicles. 

  • Students who have been approved for emergency funding should check their email for details on how to obtain funding. 

  • Students who had planned to leave cars on campus should take into consideration that opportunities to return could be limited. 

We know this ever-evolving situation has been difficult for students and families. However, should an outbreak occur on campus, due to the size of our community, our ability to care for a significant number of students would be limited. Additionally, President Trump announced recently that restrictions on domestic air travel may be forthcoming and we want to ensure as many students have the opportunity to travel to their off-campus residences as possible.

Please remember that social distancing and other precautions remain critically important, even while moving out and saying your farewells. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during these difficult times and we will continue to update our community on this unprecedented situation via email and the www.DePauw.edu/Preparedness website.  

Sincerely, 

Dave Berque, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs
Alan Hill, Vice President for Student Academic Life
Bob Leonard, Vice President for Finance and Administration