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March 18, 2020 - Coronavirus Message from President Markwood

Good afternoon,

I want to thank you for your patience and creativity as we continue to manage through this constantly changing environment. As I committed to you, I am taking this time to reach out to you to update and remind you of some of the messages we recently communicated to keep you informed in this rapidly changing environment.

As of this writing, Columbus State University does not have any confirmed cases of coronavirus, but we are aware there are confirmed cases in our region. Our Emergency Management Team is meeting, by telecom, at least once a day, to review, adjust, and execute our plans to keep our campus safe and minimize the disruption to our learning environment.

We communicated recently about the cancelation of our commencement exercises, based on directives from the USG and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While I am just as disappointed in this development, we must continue to do everything we can to keep each other safe during this situation. But in the true innovative spirit of our university, we will develop some new ways to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020. We also invite you to share your ideas with us.

In line with the directives, the Board of Regents has postponed their board meeting previously scheduled for Columbus on April 14 and 15. I want to thank our committee for their hard work up to this point, on the logistics and hosting the meeting and presenting our university to the board members.

Since my last message, we have also shared the following major updates that are all posted on our webpage: https://www.columbusstate.edu/covid-response/:

  • March 18, Canceled Spring Commencement
  • March 17, Canceled or Revised Campus Events
  • March 17, Transition to Online Instruction

We will continue to keep in touch with you via email, social channels, and on the resource page at https://www.columbusstate.edu/covid-response/ as the situation changes and additional decisions are made. Contact Chip Reese if you have any questions, reese_aaron@columbusstate.edu.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we work together to overcome the challenges posed by the impact of the coronavirus. We are aware that you have questions, and we are working with our USG office to provide answers as soon as possible.

The situation we are facing marks an unprecedented time for Columbus State University and for our state, nation, and world. Although we are in uncharted territory, we want to assure you that our commitment to the health, wellbeing, and safety of our campus community remains our number one priority.

Thank you for all you do for our students, our community, and each other.

Dr. Markwood's Signature

President Chris Markwood