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Coronavirus Update

Published date: March 11, 2020

Greetings VSU Community,

Virginia State University is proactively responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as defined by the World Health Organization. The VSU Emergency Management Team continues to implement measures to protect the well-being of our VSU campus community.  As of today (3/11/20), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has nine (9) presumed cases of coronavirus in Virginia.  Presently, there are no confirmed cases involving members of the VSU campus.

The VSU faculty are committed to preparing to provide remote instruction should the University deem it necessary.

Currently, the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that all large scale events are modified, postponed or canceled for the safety and well-being of the event staff, participants and the community.

Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, Virginia State University has announced that it will cancel/modify all scheduled large gatherings on campus for a minimum of 30 days.

This includes:

 

MODIFIED EVENTS:

  • There will be no self-serve areas in any campus dining facility including salad bar, deli bar, pasta and pizza station. Instead, those areas will offer prepackaged servings.
  • Student Town Hall meeting will be streamed live March 11
  • New Initiate Presentations (Probates) will be live streamed: more information will be forthcoming
  • Mr. and Miss VSU Pageant will be live streamed: more information will be forthcoming
  • Student Leadership Elections/campaigning will be online
  • No spectators at any at-home sporting events until further notice

CANCELED EVENTS

  • Berry School Agriculture Event March 10-11
  • Founders Day Convocation and Soiree March 12
  • Women’s History Month event on March 16
  • Veterans Farmer Conference March 17-18
  • College of Agriculture Marketing Your Farm Event March 24
  • Virginia Association of Residence Halls Conference March 27-28
  • Spring Fling April 5-11
  • VSU Open House April 11
  • All campus tours
  • Public Sunday Brunch in Gateway Dining Hall
  • All University Related Travel Abroad

 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MODIFICATIONS

Any domestic travel related questions should be directed to Dr. Robert Corley RCorley@vsu.edu

All new events scheduled on campus must approval by the respective Vice President

Any emergency procurement needs related to health and safety should be directed to Gloria Taylor Gtaylor@vsu.edu 

We continue to follow the guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  and the Virginia Department of Health to align our plans with the most current recommendations from experts. This includes encouraging everyone to monitor their own health, practice good hygiene, and stay home if feeling sick.

Regional public health partners suggest these preventive measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.

Accurate and reliable information about coronavirus can be found on the VDH website.  At VSU, The Emergency Preparedness Team is meeting daily to update and assess our University plan. We will continue to monitor this health crisis and provide you with updates through University-wide email messages when warranted.

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