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Coronavirus Resources for the Tuskegee University Community

Tuskegee University officials — in conjunction with state, regional and national health agencies — continue to monitor developments as they relate to COVID-19, also referred to as the “2019 Novel Coronavirus” or more commonly as simply the coronavirus. The virus has affected a large number of countries around the world, which now include portions of the United States.

This site serves to update students, employees, parents and the surrounding community on the university’s response to public health guidance regarding the coronavirus. These efforts are being coordinated by the university’s Community Health Task Force.

Tuskegee University continues to monitor and respond to all updates and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Alabama Public Health Department, to ensure preparedness and the health and safety of our campus community.

For daily updates on the international outbreak, follow the daily World Health Organization Situation Report. Below is an update on the university's preparation for and response to coronavirus developments:

May 29, 2020: President Lily D. McNair provides insight into forecasting for the 2020-21 academic year.

May 19, 2020: The university notifies students and employees that a student who had recently been on campus has tested positive for COVID-19.

May 18, 2020: The Division of Student Affairs announces the availability of CARES Act funds and how to apply for financial assistance. Visit https://www.tuskegee.edu/cares-act-emergency-funds for more information.

May 5, 2020: The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Success announces the continuation of institutional scholarships into the Fall 2020 semester.

May 1, 2020: The Division of Student Affairs provides information about CARES Act funds as an extension of the university's current Student Emergency Fund application process.

April 21, 2020: The university provides Grade Option Forms for undergraduate and graduate students to confirm their preferences under the Temporary Grading Policy published on April 16. The forms, and the policy itself, are available on the Temporary Grading Policy page.

April 16, 2020: The university announces a Temporary Grading Policy for the spring 2020 and summer 2020 semesters resulting from transition to virtual/online instruction.

April 15, 2020: The university announces guidelines for account adjustments, credits and refunds related to housing and dining charges as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

April 15, 2020: The Division of Student Affairs announces upcoming virtual fireside chats for students (Thursday, April 16, 6 p.m. central time) and parents/families (Saturday, April 18, 11 a.m. central time), which will feature remarks and Q&A sessions with Acting President Ruby L. Perry and other university administrators [links to register for the webinars are available in the original email to students].

April 8, 2020: The Office of the Provost updates the 2019-20 Academic Calendar in response to the university's transition to online/virtual instruction. [revised academic calendar | cover email]

April 3, 2020: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issues a statewide stay-at-home order. Details and additional resources and FAQs available on the Governor's Office's Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) News & Resources website.

April 3, 2020: The university provides guidance to work-study supervisors and work-study student employees about the continuation of federal work-study and college work-study payment through the end of the spring semester.

April 3, 2020: The university shares guidance for student Census completers in response to dislocations caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

April 1, 2020: The City of Tuskegee announces a city-wide curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. each day, which goes into effect Friday, April 3.

March 31, 2020: The university emails guidance for students regarding a new Student Emergency Fund and resources for well-being, academic support services, virtual and on-campus student services, bookstore and textbook assistance, and virtual Student Code of Conduct expectations. That guidance is available through the left-hand navigation links on this microsite.

March 26, 2020: The Office of Human Resources and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs announce procedures for employees and students to follow in reporting suspected and positive COVID-19 cases.

March 25, 2020: Tuskegee University issues a statement on two separate confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 involving an employee and a student.

March 24, 2020: The Office of Human Resources and the Office of Information Technology release additional guidance to employees about transitioning to alternate work arrangements and collaboration tools available to employees working remotely [read more]

March 22, 2020: The university provides guidance to students on revised academic deadlines, Campus Mail Services, and the university's transition to online/virtual instruction and staffing [read more].

March 20, 2020: The Office of Human Resources notifies employees of plans to transition to alternate work locations, remote work on March 24.

March 20, 2020: Office of Information Technology issues advisory to students and employees about suspicious emails, texts and phone calls.

March 20, 2020: National Park Service announces the closure of national historic sites on the Tuskegee University campus [read more]

March 19, 2020: An email from Acting President Ruby L. Perry summarizing university decisions to date, and providing updates about obtaining personal belongings from residence halls, university staffing, student financial matters, and the status of spring commencement.

March 19, 2020: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issues a statement on statewide public health order.

March 19, 2020: Guidance to employees from the Office of Human Resources with additional information about preparing to telework and employment benefits.

March 18, 2020: Guidance to employees from the Office of Human Resources about business continuity, transitioning to virtual instruction, staffing and use of sick/personal leave, and self-care

March 17, 2020: Due to the postponement of Spring Open House, the Marching Crimson Pipers announce the opportunity for virtual auditions for the band, Piperettes and Twirling Divas [read more]

March 16, 2020: Updated guidance from the Office of Housing and Residence Life for students to not return to campus following the university's extended spring break, to vacate campus if they have returned, or to request an exception so they can reside on campus for all or a portion of the remainder of the spring semester [view email; download Housing Exception Application and email to housing@tuskegee.edu]

March 14, 2020: Guidance from the Graduate School to graduate-level students and faculty regarding the continuation of studies, research and preparation for graduation.

March 14, 2020: Guidance from the Division of Student Affairs to all students who have resided on campus during the spring 2020 semester. [Please note that, in the interest of sharing this information quickly, some on-campus residents may have received an earlier draft of this information by email.]

March 13, 2020: The Alabama Department of Public Health announced the state's first confirmed case of coronavirus, which is in Montgomery County. Monitor future updates on ADPH's CoronaVirus Disease 2019 website or on Twitter at @alpublichealth.

March 12, 2020: Acting President Ruby L. Perry issues an update on the extension of spring break, the institution of virtual instruction, suspension of university-sponsored travel, and cancelation of all on-campus events through April 30 [view email]; a summary of those decisions include:

  • Spring Break extended through March 22
  • Instruction resumes virtually for the remainder of the semester on March 23
  • Students exhibiting no symptoms can return to residence halls on March 22, as there is no reported case at Tuskegee or in Macon County
  • Students can choose to remain on campus or go home for the semester, but must meet the demands of academic coursework
  • Dining services, the library, and the bookstore with remain available to students, and all employees will be available to assist students
  • University-sponsored travel and campus events/activities are canceled through April 30. We will evaluate travel and activities and whether commencement will occur after April 30.
  • March 21 Spring Open House postponed to a yet-to-be-determined date [read more]
  • April 3-5 Founders' Day Weekend events canceled [read more]

March 12, 2020: Interim Provost Carla Jackson Bell issues guidance to university employees on the academic plan to address instructional continuity [view email]

March 11, 2020: University communication to all students and employees regarding how to remain coronavirus-aware during spring break and as students plan their return to campus following spring break [view email]

March 10, 2020: Community Health Task Force meets

March 9, 2020: Downloadable, printable and sharable CDC fact sheets added to the University Preparedness and Response and Additional Online Resources pages 

March 6, 2020: University communication to all international students and scholars providing travel precautions and advisories ahead of possible international spring break travel [view email]

March 5, 2020: Acting President Ruby L. Perry issues an update on the university’s response to coronavirus concerns, including the creation of the university’s Community Health Task Force and the launch of the Coronavirus Resources website [view email]

March 5, 2020: University launches coronavirus resources microsite [read more]

March 3, 2020: Community Health Task Force convenes

Feb. 27, 2020:  Dr. Darnita Hill, M.D., Student Health Services, issues a flu precautions health advisory to the campus community [view email]

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