A letter regarding COVID-19 from JWU 3/13/2020 18:59
I wanted to share the following university update outlining actions that JWU has taken to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Since the university returned from the holiday break in January, Leadership and Emergency Management Teams at each campus have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. All the decisions that have been made regarding academic and campus operations have been informed by guidance from the federal government and our states’ departments of health.

Yesterday, university administration announced that we will move to online and remote instruction for our non-culinary lab academic classes starting Monday, March 16 through Sunday, April 12. All culinary labs universitywide and equine labs in Providence will not be held for two weeks, from March 16 through March 29. During this time, we will assess the situation and make decisions regarding commencement ceremonies and how to go forward for the remaining weeks in the spring term.

All campuses will remain open during this period as we move to virtual delivery of academics. All residence halls will remain open; however, students may choose to return home during this time period.

We are taking these measures to continue to provide a Johnson & Wales education while reducing the risk of infection within our community.

Each campus is working diligently to maintain a clean and safe environment. Campus facilities continue to be cleaned thoroughly with a focus on “high touch surfaces” such as classroom desks, tables, handrails, doorknobs, and elevator buttons. In addition, containers of hand sanitizers have been placed throughout our campuses in high traffic areas where hand washing is not available in close proximity.

After previously cancelling Spring 2020 programs in China, South Korea and Italy, and group study abroad programs in Spain, Germany and France, the university has taken the proactive steps to cancel all domestic and international travel until further notice. Faculty and staff have been working closely with all students impacted to ensure a smooth transition for the Spring term.

All university events with an attendance of 50 or more have been canceled for the spring term as we look to reschedule at a later date. All events hosted by the university on behalf of external organizations are also canceled.

During this evolving situation, we will continue to provide updates through the JWU Coronavirus Website.

Forever JWU,

Lori Zabatta '95, '19 MBA
Director of Alumni Relations
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