Coronavirus Website now available

Dear Students,
We understand that many of you may have concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on the Southern community. We want to share some additional information that you might find helpful.

A website with updates, health tips and other items of particular interest to the Southern community has been established at: With Spring Break approaching, you’ll also find resources that could help inform your travel plans.
As President Joe indicated in his letter to the community last week, “immediate risk to the American public and to our students and employees is believed to be low at this time.” University officials continue to monitor the situation daily and are working closely with the system office as well as local and state public health officials.

On campus, we continue to advise all members of our community to take everyday preventative actions that help stop the spread of germs:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 Please be assured that we will continue to take proactive steps to ensure that Southern remains a safe and healthy learning environment. Continue to check for further campus updates.
Jules Tetreault
Dean of Students