MADISON, NJ - Drew University will move to virtual instruction and primarily remote business practices beginning Monday March 16, announced school officials.
The University has instituted several new policies and processes developed in response to the rapidly changing situation around COVID-19 (known as coronavirus), they said. The change will continue for three weeks (through Friday April 3).
"Drew has been and is continually monitoring global and local factors, balanced with guidance and best practice within higher education", said officials. "University leaders have developed structures that allow us to agilely take best actions to safeguard our community while fulfilling our mission of academic excellence".
"Though Drew has no reported cases of COVID-19 on the campus and, at the time of this writing, the public health risk in New Jersey is low, we acknowledge that spread is occurring in various parts of the country and our state", the statement continued. "Our decision is consistent with Governor Murphy’s declaration just yesterday of a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency in the state of New Jersey, as well as the updated guidance from the CDC".
All classes are canceled for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, March 11–13, as the university prepares to move to online. Resident halls will remain open for those students who chose to remain on campus, said officials. However, no guests will be allowed in the residence halls.
As for events and activities, they are postponed, according to university officials. This includes all Drew Forum, Admissions, student/club, and rental events. Work-related events and meetings will be conducted remotely. All NCAA athletics practices and games will continue per the guidance from the Landmark Conference.
"We will continue to evaluate the situation and provide updates about the postponement and resuming of events on campus", they said. "We recognize this situation may cause inconvenience, anxiety, and disappointment within our community, but the potential consequences of not acting at this time far outweigh the disruptions in the short term. We strongly believe our actions today will give us the best chance to decrease risk in our community".
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