March 19, 2020
A message to students, faculty, and staff
Based on guidance from authorities, as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, Susquehanna University has decided all instruction will be online for the remainder of spring 2020 semester.
As announced earlier this week, web-based courses will begin Monday, March 23. Susquehanna will forgo face-to-face classes, events, and athletic competitions for the rest of this semester. Live registration for the fall semester will continue with the new dates announced today.
Our decision was not easy, but it fulfills three criteria very important to us: keeping our students, faculty, and staff safe; ensuring our students complete their semester; and slowing the spread of COVID-19 in alignment with U.S. and global efforts.
When we made our most recent announcement (Monday morning) to delay returning to campus, a significant number of peer institutions were on a parallel schedule. At that time, our local public schools were on a two-week hiatus, scheduled to reopen on March 30. Later that day, Governor Wolf implemented a sweeping set of mitigation efforts for Pennsylvania.
We continue to house and feed about 70 students on campus. In response to guidance from the Commonwealth, we have asked all employees who can work from home to do so. For staff who need to be on campus, we are stressing social distancing and providing lunches to go from the Hawk’s Nest. We are committed to keeping our faculty and staff safe and fully employed throughout these emergent times. As possible, we are hopeful to bring employees back to campus before the semester ends and will communicate plans.
We will continue to keep you apprised of plans for the coming year and our developing options for Commencement and Senior Week. Please continue to refer to our COVID-19 website for official university information and updated FAQs.