Update - March 16, 2020
Vice President of the United States Pence has just announced a new ban restricting travel from the United Kingdom. This ban will begin on Monday at midnight Eastern Standard Time, but please note that these restrictions do not apply to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents will be allowed to return. It is possible that they may be subject to medical screening and questions regarding their travel upon their return. Students may also be asked to self-isolate for 14 days. Travelers returning from abroad can visit the CDC web page for what to expect.
Dear Harlaxton Community,
I write to update you on our decision to address how the University of Evansville and Harlaxton College are responding to the escalating coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Importantly, let me report that there are no known cases of COVID-19 at the University of Evansville or at Harlaxton College. Our decision is based on the safety and well-being of our students, the University of Evansville and Harlaxton communities, and our global neighbors.
Over the course of the last few weeks, we have implemented a variety of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have determined that further proactive steps are necessary. We understand that these measures will undoubtedly cause inconvenience and disruption, but the inconvenience and disruption are outweighed by the risks of inaction by the University. I wish to thank the Harlaxton community for their patience and collaboration in keeping our campus and community safe.
In light of the increasing concern for public health due to COVID-19, the University of Evansville has decided to suspend in-person instruction, move to online instruction, and suspend in-person instruction for the spring Harlaxton semester. By March 18, 2020 all Harlaxton students should plan to leave the Manor and continue their courses online . Classes currently taught at Harlaxton will be offered in an online format starting on March 23. Students will be able to finish classes and earn all credits for the semester. Students are free to change their flights back to the United States and return any time between today and March 18. Students are also free to travel as they wish with the understanding that they must continue with their course work. After travel, students should not return to the Manor. We ask that you make these travel arrangements as soon as possible and inform the Office of Student Development of your departure information. More information on check-out procedures will be provided by that Office.
We very much appreciate your understanding in helping to prevent the spread of the virus. Students will be refunded for any college sponsored travel that has been cancelled as a result of this change. We will provide additional information as soon as available.
Students should continue to check their UE email to receive information from faculty about their course work and how to complete the semester.
The University has set this web page to post communications and up-to-date information regarding preventive measures to ensure the health and safety of the members of our community. Additional updates will be provided by March 13 at 5:00 p.m. CDT. New information about COVID-19 is being updated by the CDC website.
We appreciate that this is a difficult situation and that the Harlaxton semester experience has been changed due to unforeseen circumstances and an ever-changing pandemic situation. We thank you for your support and understanding.
Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz
University of Evansville