Dear Members of the John Carroll University Community,
As we watch the rapidly evolving course of COVID-19 in the United States and anticipate the increasing number of confirmed cases nationally and in Ohio, we know our lives will continue to change in the coming days, weeks, and months. Our COVID-19 Task Force, in consultation with University leadership and based on direction from the Ohio Department of Health, is making daily recommendations for our campus with your health and safety, and that of your families and our community, in mind.
Today, we have made the difficult, but necessary decision to extend our online learning through the end of the Spring semester. We believe this is the necessary and prudent way to protect the health and safety of our community, and to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 on our campus and within our larger John Carroll Community. It will also provide academic consistency with remote learning extending for the remainder of the semester.
Please note the following additional updates:
During this uniquely challenging time, we remain committed to delivering the high-quality and personal education that you expect from John Carroll University. This is not the way any of us hoped to finish the semester, in particular the Class of 2020, and all those undergraduate and graduate students who will graduate in May. I share in the disappointment that this decision brings you; being with our students as they complete and celebrate the achievement of their academic goals is my great joy as President. Indeed, this is a drastic measure, but we must accept that this temporary new reality, combined with the many other preventative measures being put into place in Ohio and nationwide, will curtail the spread of this pandemic. As is deeply ingrained in our Jesuit tradition, we act today as men and women for and with others for the greater good.
This is a time for caution, cooperation, and a calm, measured approach to decision making. Importantly, it is also a time to take the recommendations of the Ohio Department of Health very seriously. Practice social distancing. Do your part to limit the spread. Remember that many people who are carrying the virus are asymptomatic.
Please join me in praying for all those who are affected.
Michael D. Johnson, Ph.D. President, John Carroll University