Dear Members of the University of Bridgeport Community,
Yesterday, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont declared a state of emergency aimed at containing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The University of Bridgeport is unwavering in its commitment to the welfare of its campus community, following its established emergency protocol in light of this global health crisis. The University published its guidelines for the community to follow. Please visit https://www.bridgeport.edu/coronavirus for information regarding resources, FAQs, and more.
A task force composed of senior leadership and health professionals from across UB has been continuously monitoring the situation. The institution is working closely with state health agencies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure that all precautions are in place to ensure the safety and health of our students, faculty, and staff, while continuing to pursue our educational mission.
At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 exposure at UB. In an abundance of caution, we are taking the following preventative measures. Effective immediately and until at least Friday, March 27, 2020:
- Students may not return to campus following the conclusion of Spring Break. All students who reside in the residence halls must leave. If you remained on campus during Spring Break, you must move out by noon on Friday, March 13, 2020, and bring any materials that you need to complete your coursework. In recognition of the difficulty that this poses for some students, those who wish to remain on campus shall email Dean of Students Craig Lennon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Decisions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Beginning on Saturday, March 14, 2020, all in-person classes at the Bridgeport and Waterbury campuses will be moved online or provided through other means of instruction.
- Students enrolled in an internship, externship, clinical experience, or other experiential course are permitted to continue consistent with the policies established at their respective sites. Please consult with your faculty member, school director, or clinical coordinator if you have questions or concerns regarding how to proceed.
- Employees who are assigned to external sites via UB partner institutions are permitted to continue consistent with the policies established at their respective sites. Please consult with your supervisor if you have questions or concerns regarding how to proceed.
- Campus offices and buildings remain open. All employees (staff, administrators, and faculty) shall continue reporting to campus unless you are among an identified elevated risk category. Any need for an exception must be communicated to your immediate supervisor.
- All UB-sponsored travel is cancelled. We strongly discourage personal domestic and international travel by students, faculty, and staff, except for the purposes of students returning home.
- All University events are cancelled unless otherwise communicated to its participants. We are in concert with the City of Bridgeport’s guidance on mass gatherings.
- The UB Clinics will be closed for patient visits until further notice.
The task force will continue to closely monitor the situation. The status of planning and activities for the following week will be communicated by email, the website, LiveSafe app, etc. every Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Like you, I am deeply troubled by the fear, devastation, and loss caused by COVID-19, in the region, United States, and world. Counseling services will remain available to students. Faculty and staff are able to access UB’s Employee Assistance Program.
The situation is changing rapidly. You will receive regular communications in the days ahead. I appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work to keep our community safe and healthy in light of this global pandemic. Please continue to monitor https://www.bridgeport.edu/covid-19 for updates.
Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.
Laura Skandera Trombley