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COVID-19: TUC Campus Update

A message from TUC Provost

March 18, 2020

Dear TUC Alumni,

The Touro University California administration continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation very closely which includes the announcement that many of our Bay Area Counties are moving to “shelter in place” protocols.  As you are aware, the Touro University California’s (TUC’s) academic leadership team has been monitoring and responding to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus since January.  As the situation continues to change rapidly, we are continuing to respond in a deliberate and responsible way to proactively ensure the health and safety of our campus community.   Fortunately, as of this writing, we have no known cases of COVID-19 on our campus. 

Touro University California is now enacting our fully remote operations contingency plan in anticipation of Solano County and surrounding Counties adopting “shelter in place” protocols.  These fully remote operations will allow us to continue to deliver the curriculum in a remote access format while also putting the health and safety of our community (students, faculty, staff) at the forefront. 

Starting Tuesday March 17, 2020 the following measures will be in place for TUC schools and programs: 

  • University offices remain open through our fully remote operations contingency plan with TUC staff and faculty working remotely.  Faculty and Staff should coordinate with their Deans/Directors for specific individual plans and required accesses for fully remote operations from Tuesday March 17, 2020 – April 6, 2020.  This is subject to change in coordination with government agencies.
  • Classroom based teaching and learning activities will be remote learning formats beginning Sunday March 15, 2020 and continuing until we return to campus after the Passover holiday on April 20, 2020. Individual programs will continue to communicate with students regarding modifications to their course schedules.
  • Lab-based activities that can be converted to remote learning strategies will be converted.  Activities that cannot be converted to a remote learning strategy will be modified and/or delayed until a time when it is deemed safe for students to return to such activities. 
  • TUC public events are being cancelled or transitioned to remote access format through April 20, 2020. 
  • TUC non-essential community outreach efforts, student clinics, and student organizations meetings/events are being cancelled or postponed and will be reevaluated to be restarted April 20.

We are confident in our ability, as the TUC community, to pull together with professionalism, kindness, and compassion and come out as a stronger community through this shared experience.  Sheltering in place does not mean isolation.  Please take care of yourselves and each other during these coming weeks and stay in contact via the many technologies available to us from the old fashioned phone call to the newer facetime and other social media connectors.  It is also a great time to re-connect with nature and enjoy a walk with social distancing or just having a picnic outside.

I encourage you to continue to stay informed through our special webpage on the COVID-19 outbreak at: http://tu.edu/emergency/ or visit the following websites to help monitor the situation locally and globally: 

You are also welcome to email us any questions at tuc.provost@tu.edu

Sincerely, 

Sarah M. Sweitzer, PhD

Provost, CAO

Touro University California

(707) 638-5276

Sarah.sweitzer@tu.edu

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