University of the Cumberlands took a proactive and strategic response to addressing the impacts of COVID-19 to its campus and academic programs. The document includes the University’s response and supporting guidance from key organizations and partners.
Friday, March 6: The governor of Kentucky issued a State of Emergency related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Wednesday, March 11: The decision was made and the campus community was notified that in-seat classes have been moved online from Monday, March 16, 2020-Friday, March 27, 2020.
Wednesday, March 11: Work-study students were notified by financial aid (via email) that students would be paid the “average hours per week” during this period.
Wednesday, March 11: Residential students were provided a link to request to remain on campus from Monday, March 16, 2020-Friday, March 27, 2020.
Thursday, March 12: The NAIA canceled Winter Championship events.
Friday, March 13: Modified Library hours were emailed to students. This included information for remote assistance/chat.
Monday, March 16: The NAIA canceled the Spring 2020 Sports Season.
Monday, March 16: An email was sent to the campus community about how to access health resources through Dayspring Health.
Monday, March 16: The announcement was made that effective immediately, the cafeteria was only open to residential students.
Tuesday, March 17: The announcement was made that in-seat classes will remain online through the end of the semester.
Tuesday, March 17: The announcement was made that all non-essential employees will work remotely March 18-April 5, 2020.
Tuesday, March 17: Residential students were notified of the option for room and board credit. Move-out processes were initiated.
Monday, March 23: Announcement was made to campus that the bookstore would transition to remote access effective Tuesday, March 24-Monday, April 6, in response to government orders.
Tuesday, March 24: President Cockrum emailed the campus community and announced the cancellation of May Commencement ceremonies.
Wednesday, April 1: President Cockrum announced the cancellation of the April 16 faculty/staff appreciation dinner, restriction of campus visits and extended remote work plans through May 3.
Monday, April 13: President Cockrum announced that in seat classes for the summer term would be moved to an online format.
Wednesday, April 29: President Cockrum announced remote work operations would be extended through May 17 and remote work would continue to be assessed on a bi-weekly basis. Plans to honor the Class of 2020 are being prepared for Homecoming. The spring faculty and staff meeting was cancelled. Orientation for new students would be moved to virtual sessions and campus visits would further be restricted through May 17.
Wednesday, May 13: Communications to the campus community continued remote work operations through May 31. It was also announced that a phased reopening plan is being put in place, with Phase 1 beginning June 1 and continuing through June 21. During Phase 1, the University continued to promote remote work operations, but offices could return to 50 percent capacity with on-campus employees practicing safe health guidelines. The guidelines included recommendations to wear masks. External group visits to campus remained restricted.
Thursday, May 21: Human Resources announced that as part of Phase 1 reopening, all employees must complete Healthy at Work training. The training, which includes a daily health monitoring log, was required of all employees working on campus. Training included information on social distancing, proper use of personal protective equipment and sanitation. All employees who completed training and planned to be on campus were issued face mask and hand sanitizing stations were installed in all campus buildings.
Monday, June 15:
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