Commencement 2020 Update

March 23, 2020

Dear Cav Nation,

These are times of increasing uncertainty as COVID-19 continues its rampage around the world. 

As we move into the next phase of dealing with this invisible enemy and understanding that family plans and travel arrangements await revision, we have made the decision to cancel our April 2020 commencement ceremony. 

It is our intention to print and mail the commencement programs to all of the graduates as we honor their achievements. 

Additionally, we extend to each of our newly minted graduates the opportunity to return for any future commencement ceremony so we may honor you personally … yet another service our Alumni Office is thrilled to provide our newest alumni! 

Plan now … at Homecoming Weekend 2025 we will celebrate the Class of 2020 with a special “commencement ceremony you never had” celebration in honor of your five-year anniversary.  

Yes, a ceremony is wonderful to have … but your commitment to complete the degree despite all of the ups and downs along the way is what will carry you forward in pursuit of your life’s purpose. 

Our prayers go with this class as they take their place, with more than 15,000 Walsh University alumni worldwide, in service to others. 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help – pray for us in this time of great need. 

Warmly, Tim
 

“Remember the past with gratitude. Live the present with enthusiasm. Look forward to the future with confidence.” – St. Pope John Paul II


 
Dr. Tim Collins
President
Walsh University


Faculty & Staff to Begin Working Remotely March 19

Updated March 17, 2020 

Dear Cav Nation,

We have made great progress this week carrying out President Trump’s and Governor DeWine’s COVID-19 guidance – broadly and expeditiously.  

Thank you so much!

As you know, our University Cabinet has been reflecting for the past week and rolling out our strategy to ensure student success and ensuring the well-being of every person as we reduce the on-campus population.  

The extensive list of actions announced last Friday evening have been fully implemented. 

Our on-campus population has been decreasing every day since Saturday … awesome! … and we should do more. 

Our University Vice Presidents will be advising you directly on additional preparations as we work towards Noontime, Thursday, March 19, 2020, for most of the remaining folks to transition to working from home.  

Buildings across the campus will be closed at Noon on Thursday with the exception of Farrell Hall and certain areas of the David Center such as the dining hall.  



Labs will be by appointment only. 

All other activities will be handled remotely with the exception of the efforts of a few essential employees to take care of those few students remaining on campus. 

Finally, our on-campus security has been increased to offset the declining population to ensure our environment and property remains safe and secure. 

Beginning tomorrow, our students will be added to the “Walsh Wire” distribution list as we use this weekly bulletin for the latest news and information. 

Additionally, information will be updated on the Coronavirus webpage

All of us should continue to stay connected with our email, extensive use of social media, and other technology tools at our disposal. 

Though we are not all physically present on campus in large numbers, your University remains open. 

Further, our colleagues and our students are devoted as ever to serving Cav Nation, performing our shared mission, meeting our leadership obligations, fulfilling our civic duty, and trusting in God.  

Our Lady of Perpetual Help – pray for us and America.

Warmly, Tim

Remote Learning Extended through Spring Semester, Students to Move Out of Residence Halls

Updated March 13, 2020

Dear Cav Nation,

Walsh University is committed to our students’ success and to the health and well-being of everyone in our community. 

We continue to pray for and reflect upon the safety and health of our campus community as we determine what is in the best interest of the common good, our institution, and our people in all of our decision-making. 

In matter of days, the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is unfolding at a rapid pace. This afternoon President Trump declared a national emergency related to the COVID-19 and the experts anticipate a skyrocketing of exposure across the country peaking-out sometime this spring. 

As we consider that risk, we have examined every aspect of university operations. In the best interest of our university and local community, we are taking the following actions. 

Athletics

The Great Midwest Atlantic Conference (GMAC) has canceled all spring athletics competition and championships. For the safety and well-being of our students, Walsh is discontinuing all team-related activities, including practices, for the remainder of the semester. 

Campus Events and Activities

All student life and student/club organization programming events are canceled for the remainder of the semester.  

Employees

Effective immediately, all supervisors will establish adjustments in individual work schedules to maximize the use of flextime and telework options to ensure university operations continue uninterrupted with a reduced presence of employees on campus. All proposed adjustments will be approved by a Vice President prior to implementation. 

Health Risks

Anyone feeling the effects of the COVID-19 symptoms must seek medical attention prior to returning to campus. 

Global Learning Trips

All global learning trips through August 31, 2020 are canceled. 

Instructional Format

We will maintain our online/remote modalities of learning for all coursework for the remainder of the semester. We will not return to face-to-face classroom instruction for the remainder of the semester. 

Practicums and Clinicals

Practicums, clinicals and labs in graduate programs (PT, OT, and CHD) will continue with some modifications. The respective program directors will provide guidance to the graduate students. 

The Herttna Center will close to outside clients. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will establish the closing time as soon as possible and no later than close of business, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. 

Nursing graduate students may continue as permitted to their assigned clinical sites.  

Recreational Facilities

All recreational facilities are closed for the remainder of the semester.  All intramural sports activities and fitness classes are canceled. 

Residence Halls

All on-campus housing will close at Noon, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. 

We need our students living on-campus to begin preparations this weekend and check-out of the residence halls on Monday but no later than Noon, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. 

We know there are extenuating circumstances which may prevent a student from departing by Tuesday and we are prepared to help find solutions that meet their needs. Students who have extenuating and significant travel restrictions, employment or special circumstances need to complete a request form that will be provided by Residence Life via email.  If you have questions, please contact Bianca Hicks, Director of Residence Life. 

The residence halls and key access will end at Noon on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, except for those with an approved exception for residence. Limited dining services will remain available to students who remain in the residence halls after March 17, 2020. 

Room and Board Rebates

As a result of the closure of undergraduate residential housing, Walsh University will pro-rate room and board charges, where applicable. Expect a separate message related to this before the end of the semester as this will be a unique adjustment for each individual student. 

Spring Commencement

It is our intention to conduct a commencement ceremony honoring those completing their studies. If Governor DeWine (Ohio) has not lifted the ban of mass gatherings by Monday, April 6, 2020, then Walsh will postpone our April 26, 2020 spring commencement activities. Please expect a separate message related to commencement. 

Tim’s Final Thoughts

The university leadership team shares the community’s concern with the events which led to these difficult decisions and recognizes we must think and act in a manner that contributes to our success with our mission without compromising our academic standards. 

The days ahead may be dark and stormy … always necessary before a rainbow. We must keep faith in each other and in Our Lord to carry us through the storm. 

Many thanks to each of you 
for great flexibility, gentle patience, and kind understanding.   

May God bless and protect Cav Nation in the 
difficult days ahead. 

Our Lady of Perpetual Help - pray for us. 

Warmly, Tim

 
Dr. Tim Collins
President
Walsh University

GREAT MIDWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT
- UPDATED MARCH 13

On Friday, March 13, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference provided an official announcement regarding the status of remaining spring athletics competition and championship sport offerings for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. 

Effective immediately, the Great Midwest has canceled all spring athletics competition and championships. All team-related activities are suspended through April 6, 2020. Following that date, institutions will review and implement team-related activities at their discretion as permitted by NCAA legislation.

The Great Midwest Presidents Council provided a unanimous decision in light of the impact of COVID-19. The legislative actions were taken and conducted in the best interest of protecting the student-athletes and the entirety of the campus communities.

Conference and institutional administrators will continue to monitor developments and work with the NCAA to ensure the best interests of Great Midwest student-athletes and member institutions are met moving forward.

TRAVEL NOTICE FOR WALSH UNIVERSITY
- UPDATED MARCH 12

Effective March 10, 2020, Walsh University discourages domestic or international travel that is non-essential and could reasonably be postponed, cancelled, or handled through other means (e.g., video conference, etc.).  A Vice President must have reviewed and approved the request after March 10th. 

These measures are effective and apply to all university-funded travel (including professional conferences) scheduled to begin prior to July 15, 2020.

MESSAGE FROM WALSH UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT DR. TIM COLLINS
- UPDATED MARCH 10

Dear CAV NATION,

At 2 p.m. today, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine made some sweeping recommendations in response to the spread of COVID-19. Some of his recommendations were directed at colleges and universities in the State of Ohio.  

After extensive discussions with university leadership and our colleagues in higher education across Ohio, Walsh University will join with other colleges and universities and adopt his recommendations.  

Bottomline Up Front: Effective immediately, we are suspending the in-person, face-to-face modality of instruction through and including Friday, March 27.  

Game plan for the rest of this week:

  • Wednesday (March 11) and Thursday (March 12): (All and only) in-person, face-to-face classes are suspended for two days to give Cav Nation the time necessary to prepare for a transition to online and remote learning. 
  • Friday (March 13): All classes will resume either online or remotely. 

  Additionally, effective Wednesday, March 11 through Friday, March 27:

  • The University will remain open. Cav Nation employees will report, as usual, for work.
  • All residential halls, dining services, student services, club and intramural activities will remain open and active for Cav Nation students.
  • Cav Nation faculty will be available, as usual, for on-campus advising and assistance.
  • All public campus events are canceled, including Holy Mass.
  • All athletic practices and contests will continue following NCAA and G-MAC guidelines.  Indoor athletic contests are closed to any spectators. 

Students will be provided additional information and announcements regarding class instruction from their individual instructors through the Walsh University email system.

If any student does not receive an email by Thursday afternoon, March 12, with information regarding the new format for his/her classes, please contact the respective academic school/division or the Office of the Provost. 

These are difficult times as we are dealing with a large amount of uncertainty. We remain committed to doing what is best for the common good and our university community. Each of us has an individual responsibility to help contain the virus as well as contribute to making a difficult situation better for all of us.

Many thanks for all you will do in the coming weeks to advance our mission.

Warmly, Tim

 

For continued updates, visit www.walsh.edu/coronavirus.