Thank you for your patience during these past few weeks as we have been responding to the frequently-changing global health crisis.
In the interest of the health and safety of our community, Taylor University will not be able to resume on-campus classes and programs on April 14, 2020 as we had hoped. All classes for the spring semester will be delivered in virtual format starting on March 30, 2020. As we have monitored the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, and received direction from federal, state, and local authorities, this has become the most prudent option. The decision was made after an emergency session last evening (March 19) with the Taylor Board of Trustees and Taylor’s Senior Leadership Team.
This follows the announcement that Grant County, Indiana has been placed at an Orange level travel advisory, meaning only essential travel should be undertaken. Additionally, in the State of Indiana, the number of COVID-19 cases has more than doubled from 39 to 79 in the past two days, including one confirmed diagnosis in Grant County.
As a result, and based on what we know now, the following policies are now in effect:
- Residence halls will be closed and secured immediately. We will make provisions for international students and those students who are unable to return to their homes. Belongings left in the residence halls will be secured until such a time as the residence halls reopen. Students will receive additional information via email in the next few minutes from the Student Development team.
- All campus buildings will be locked with access restricted to employees.
- Information will be coming soon regarding adjustments to room and board spring semester charges. We recognize that this is a matter of importance to students and families, and we ask for your patience.
- Commencement will be postponed from the current date and rescheduled. This is a very important event for the Taylor family and we will be in conversation with members of the senior class on plans as we monitor the health crisis.
Please continue to go to www.taylor.edu/coronavirus for updates and details. Questions may be directed to ICRT@taylor.edu. The health and safety of every member of the Taylor University community remains our primary concern. We are grateful God’s work in each of our lives is not limited to the boundary of the loop or the “village border,” nor is it defined by geography. Please continue to pray and have faith that the Lord will be honored in all of this and do amazing things in our midst.
Faithfully in Christ,
Paige Comstock Cunningham, Interim President
Michael D. Hammond, Provost/Executive Vice President