March 13, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2020
CONTACT: Amanda O’Rourke
Susquehanna Takes Additional Safety Measures in Response to COVID-19
SELINSGROVE — As Susquehanna University continues to prioritize the well-being of its students, faculty, and staff, as well as the broader university and Selinsgrove communities, there are additional updates in regard to the university’s response to COVID-19.
With the U.S. State Department’s enactment of a global travel advisory Level 3: Avoidance of Nonessential Travel, due to escalation in the number of COVID-19 cases, Susquehanna has made the decision to cancel its Sigmund Weis School of Business London program.
The university is arranging for all 21 students in the London program to return to their individual homes where they will complete their courses remotely.
“We are disappointed about the need for this action, as we know our students are,” said University President Jonathan D. Green. “But we have made this difficult decision in the best interest of our students’ personal health and well-being.”
Although Susquehanna does not have any reported cases of COVID-19, the university is taking additional steps in the interest of its employees.
Susquehanna is encouraging social distancing, which can include working from home or holding online meetings. Campus meetings with attendance above 25 will be held remotely. Meetings with 25 or less in attendance may be held in-person, but must offer an option to attend with remote technology.
If a faculty or staff member must isolate due to symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19, they are eligible for up to 80 hours of paid time for their own illness or to care for a family member(s).
“We realize that this is an uncertain time for all of us,” Green said. “We will continue to monitor this evolving situation to ensure we are making decisions in the best interest of our community and campus learning environment.”