University Closing for Five Days

March 10, 2020, 9 p.m.

Dear members of the campus community:

 We learned late today that a Southern student recently attended a meeting in another state where another participant subsequently tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

 The student has self-quarantined at home and is showing no signs of illness after 10 days. This was a secondary contact that presents a low risk of infection, and after consultation with the New Haven Department of Health, we feel confident that there is no identifiable risk, as per CDC guidelines.

 However, after consultation with CSCU President Mark Ojakian and out of an abundance of caution, I have decided to close the University for the next five days to allow all buildings to be deep cleaned and disinfected, according to state and federal guidelines.

 All classes scheduled for this time period are canceled. Following Spring Break, classes will be moved to an online-only format until at least April 5. More details about this will be forthcoming.

 Students who are engaged in off-campus clinics, internships and similar experiential activities, should continue to attend them if their respective facility remains open. Please check with your supervisor, if necessary.

 Residence halls will close tomorrow. If you are a residential student, you must leave campus by noon and take with you whatever materials you will need to continue your studies online.

 Please note that students who were intending to stay on campus during Spring Break must now leave their residence hall tomorrow. Any resident who is not able to leave by noon Wednesday should go to the Office of Residence Life in Schwartz Hall between 9 a.m. and noon to discuss their individual circumstances.

 All Level 1 (formerly known as 'essential’)  staff and all members of residence life must report to work tomorrow. All Level 2 staff should report back to work Monday (March 16). Employees and faculty members may return to campus tomorrow to retrieve course materials and equipment they may need to work at home.

 If you are a faculty member working with a campus clinic that provides services to the wider community, please take steps to inform members of the public that the clinic is closed.

 While you are away from campus, please continue to practice personal hygiene measures to help ensure the health of yourself, your friends and family.

 I thank you in advance for your cooperation as we work together to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for all members of our campus community. Please continue to check for the latest updates and information.


Joe Bertolino