March 12, 2020Dear Members of the Washington University of Virginia:
With reports of the global and local spread of COVID-19, we are writing to express our sincere appreciation of your awareness and patience. WUV’s administrative leadership team is meeting daily, often more than once, to stay on top of this situation. The health, safety, and well-being of our community are our top priorities.
Amid this challenge, we are grateful that despite the alarming reality of the situation, you have shown the highest level of understanding, empathy, and cooperation. As we wrestle with this unforeseen challenge, we ask for your continued support and collaboration.
Our student services and other administrative staff members are showing great dedication as they work to serve students and meet the challenges of the day. We also appreciate our faculty, who are working hard to move to alternative teaching modalities. This is no small task, and their dedication to our students is evident.
At this point, no one at WUV has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Nevertheless, given current circumstances, in line with the declaration of emergency by the states of Maryland and Virginia, and the importance of helping to safeguard not only our campus community but also wider society, WUV’s Administration has decided that it would be best for WUV to take the following steps:
- The school has cancelled all on-campus classes, effective today, March 13, through April 30, 2020 in accordance with the temporary approval of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), and will move to online instruction starting Monday, March 30.
- The school will reassess the situation on April 15th and will decide on the instructional modalities for the remainder of the current semester after April 30.
- Spring break for all programs, including ESL, starts from March 16 and ends on March 27.
- The end of the semester will be extended to the week of May 11-15 for the makeup.
Academic Dean, Dr. Won H. Jung, will send details about the transition to online learning, and Dean of Students, Rev. David Y. Lee will provide information for students at the University.
We realize that these decisions will bring difficult challenges to many at the University, particularly members of the Class of 2020. But knowing the abundant spirit, generosity, and commitment of our University community, we are confident that we will resolve any issues that come in our way. We ask that you join us in praying for those affected by COVID-19 throughout the world.
We will continue to manage this unprecedented situation and the resulting disruptions. During this challenging time, let’s stay healthy and supportive, and work wisely.
Thank you for being calm and patient. With care, concern, and thoughtful leadership, we will get through this together.
Peter Chang, Ph.D.