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March 17, 2020

Online Classes Continue and Other Changes in Response to COVID-19

As the fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, so does the University’s response. Following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Kansas City Mayor Lucas, that organizations avoid gatherings of more than 10 people for the next 15 days, and groups of 50 for at least another eight weeks, we want to share what that will mean for you as we prepare our campus for the next phase of the response.

All Adult and Graduate Face-to-Face Classes Will Move to the Online Format Beginning March 18, 2020
Instructors will send out information to their students via email and through Canvas.

Online Classes Will Continue Through the End of the Semester
All undergraduate, adult and graduate classes will operate fully online for the remainder of the semester. This was a difficult decision, as we had hoped to bring the Avila community back together in person. However, with this rapidly changing situation, we want to provide as much certainty as possible, so we have made the decision to stay with our online courses. Labs will move to virtual online labs. Clinicals, internships, student teaching, and practicums will remain face-to-face at the discretion of the professor and external sites.

The Avila Learning Commons Will Close
Online library services and inter-library loans will continue through the website. We will set library hours for phone calls or other assistance. We will be making arrangements to have technology set up around campus, using social distancing guidelines, for students who don’t have access to a computer or the internet at home. Spectrum in Kansas City will offer 60-days of free internet and WiFi service to student households. Call 1-844-488-8395 for information. If you are without the technology to do classwork online, please contact HealthyEagles@avila.edu

Residents Halls Will Remain Open to Those Students Who Need Housing
While we encourage all students to move back home, that is not universally possible so the residence halls and dining services will remain open.  Students who are not currently on campus will be able to return and check out after April 6, 2020, by calling the RA cellphone to make a check out appointment. If you have an emergency need to access your room before then, contact HealthyEagles@avila.edu

Advising for Next Semester Will Happen Through Email or Other Technologies
Please feel free to reach out to your faculty advisor.

Graduation Ceremony Will Be Moved to Either May 29 or May 30, 2020
We are working with the venue to secure the location and date. More details to come.

The Spring Theatre Production and Music Concerts are Canceled

Student Scholar Day is Canceled

The NAIA Has Canceled All Spring Sports

Mabee Fieldhouse, the Indoor Track, Pavilion, and Fitness Center are Closed

This is a difficult time for everyone. Please remember how important it is during these uncertain times to be sensitive to one another and to take care of ourselves. It is completely normal to feel grief, loss, or disappointment.  If you would like to discuss any feelings you’re having, the Counseling Center is open to students. Email Taryn Hodison to schedule an appointment. Employees can use EAP for counseling services.

I am grateful to every member of the Avila community. So many people have been working around the clock to salvage as much of the Avila experience as possible.  Together, we will weather this storm.  We are so much better when we are able to connect with and support each other.  The Sisters of St. Joseph have taught us that “Together We are More.”  I am asking you, in the weeks and months ahead to be the support that others need whether at home, in your community, or at Avila.  Your leadership and caring support matters.

Ronald Slepitza, Ph.D. CSJA

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