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Posted April 8, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus Update-April 8

Dear Moravian Community,

With spring flowers come storms and there was an exciting one in the Bethlehem area last night! I hope everyone is safe after the storm and continues to remain in their homes. We will be taking a break from our letters this week by allowing our staff to be off on Good Friday. We will pick up with updates to our letters on Monday, April 13. I hope all of you are able to spend time with your family, and if you celebrate religious holidays have a peaceful and restful Passover and Easter. 

For many of us, the loss of our normal rituals of life is what is most difficult to deal with during this time: be it a Passover Seder or Easter Morning Sunrise Services. We long for the normal and for being in community with others. Because of the continued uncertainty of stay-at-home orders and the need for our families to plan, I am officially postponing graduation to October 24th. Graduation is an important right of passage for our students, and I do not think it can be done virtually or simply forgotten. I am amazed by the resilience of the Class of 2020, and I hope each and every one of you return to walk across the stage in October as we all welcome you officially into the pack of hounds that call Moravian College their alma mater, their nourishing mother.  

Be well, 

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted April 6, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus Update-April 6

Greetings,

It is good to be back with you virtually this week! Spring has definitely arrived on campus -- the trees and flowers are blooming. I hope all of you had some time to walk outside over the weekend and to take care of yourselves, to do things that bring you joy. The Comenius statue on our front lawn and the Benigna statue in the Pleasure Garden are now all reminding us to take appropriate precautions when outdoors, as they have started wearing masks as a public service statement.

I ask that you bear with us on the issue of refunds as we still have not received direction (nor the actual funds!) from the Department of Education on how and when that percentage of the allocation can be spent. Please know that refunds are coming, but we need to have clear directions from the federal government before we can proceed.   

The next two weeks, we will be busy working with our Board of Trustees on college business and preparing us for our future. We will be zooming in and out of meetings regularly. So please know that if we are a little slower than usual responding it is because we are zooming (much like all of you!). Today our topics include: in the news, student info, good news and the reach of history, and mindfulness.

In the news
On Friday, the Governor added to the safety recommendations adding the wearing of masks in public. Over the weekend we saw many people complying. Although masks are hard to come by, many websites and social media outlets have directions for making them at home.

Many of you may have seen the story in the Morning Call this weekend (April 4: Lehigh Valley colleges opening dorms for doctors and nurses on frontline of coronavirus fight) about how we’re preparing some on-campus housing options, ones that are currently unoccupied, for medical personnel in need. Please note we will not be moving anyone into residence hall rooms that were previously occupied by students this spring semester. In summary, we will not be moving your personal items from your room in order to house medical personnel.

Student info

  • Housing Selection: Late last week returning students slated to participate in general housing selection received information via email regarding our revised timeline and online process that will take place Friday, April 17, Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19. 
  • Academic Policies: Reminder to students about changes in academic policies -- talk to your advisor and visit the Academic Advising web page for details.

Good news and the reach of history…
Our colleague, Hilde Binford, along with her Canadian husband, sent us a story: The Inuit in Canada are clearly concerned about the coronavirus devastating their communities. Some, however, are bringing out the Moravian stars! Dr. Binford was reminded of the idea of sending stars to our students who have had loved ones die ....

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-we-are-not-prepared-inuit-brace-for-coronavirus-to-reach-remote/

"Some Labrador Inuit have tried to ease their anxiety by hanging Moravian stars in their windows. In the villages established by Moravian missionaries in the 1700s along this rugged northern coastline, that faith still holds tight. The stars, normally reserved for Christmas, are seen as a sign of hope." 

Coincidentally, according to Paul Peucker, the Moravian Archives recently began collaborating with the Nunatsiavut Government on a digitization grant. The Archives hold the records of the Moravian churches along the Labrador coast and received a grant from CLIR to do this work.

Mindfulness
Tips for mindfulness have also been abundantly shared online and in our email boxes, but it is good to remember that in times of stress: stay calm, focus on your purpose, stick to your routines, be kind, and be grateful…

With all best wishes for a mindful and effective week,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted April, 3, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus Update-April 3

Dear Campus Community,

I hope this weekend brings some moments of relaxation and personal enrichment to you and your family. I know I’m looking forward to some peaceful time outdoors (and fewer Zoom calls).

Today’s message is a bit shorter than most, but I’ll resume Monday with the “in the news” and “good news” sections. And, I already know that there will be housing selection information (for returning residential students), I know that is on the minds of many of you!

Case update: 
We will be shifting this section in future letters to COVID-19 Community Update

We will discontinue the practice of sharing case numbers. With so few people remaining on campus, the “spread risk” on campus has been limited and we acknowledge that most of this has shifted to your homes and local communities. We also know that as you and your family navigate this illness, contacting the Health Center is not your first priority.

That said, we still continue to encourage all members of our community to communicate with the Health Center (healthcenter@moravian.edu) so we may assist in notifying close contacts and so the team can provide support.

We acknowledge that this is a time of great loss: loss of lives, loss of jobs, loss of normalcy. Please practice good self care and reach out for support when needed. We are all in this together.

I’ve been told that many of you missed our VIRTUAL BACKGROUNDS from campus, so I am including them again. Enjoy!

Thank you again and stay well.

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted April 1, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus Update-April 1

Dear Campus Community,

Good afternoon to you all. It was gratifying to see the sun shining this morning and hear the birds singing! Many of you have been sharing humorous, musical, and artistic creations with me and I thank you for these. There is real talent out there in our community. I encourage people to tag them with @moraviancollege on social media so they can be enjoyed by others. You have also been sharing ideas for solving problems and supporting our community; I thank you for all your ideas. 

Topics today include: In the News, Housing, Case Updates, and A Message from the Editor of the Comenian, and Graduation. 

In the News
The federal government is still working on the way the money from The CARES Act can be distributed and allocated once we receive it. We are hoping for further directives by the end of this week. These directives impact areas such as refunds and reimbursements, increased costs incurred by moving online, and other general financial hardships that colleges face now that our campuses are closed. As we get clearer directives, we will be able to share those with our community.

Housing
Students: When the governor lifts the order to shelter in place, we will contact you and then work with you to collect your belongings. If you need a particular item from your room in order to complete your coursework, of course, please let us know (contact Greg Meyer, Associate Dean of Students, meyerg@moravian.edu).

Case update
We have 3 individuals in our college community who have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results. We have had 7 people receive a negative test result, and we have three positives - two confirmed positive results and one presumed positive result (someone who remains untested, but was categorized as a presumed positive by medical professionals) in our community. Close contacts have been notified. 

From Elizabeth Horn, Editor-in-Chief, The Comenian:
The Comenian, Moravian's student newspaper, is looking to have a collective space for the Moravian community to share experiences, responses, frustrations, and concerns in this strange time of quarantine during a global pandemic. Students, staff, and faculty alike can utilize this forum as a public history project to document our experiences living in this historic time. All responses can be published on the Comenian's website for public access and study, both now and in the future. The website is in the process of being archived in Reeves Library, so any responses could be possible sources for future study of this historic time period.

To move this idea to a larger scale for more interaction, I created a poll that students, staff and faculty can use as a sort of container to share stories and experiences: https://forms.gle/PHKuBYmnhWvqVovP. It is possible to be submitted anonymously, and it is also possible (actually encouraged) to be submitted multiple times with different experiences. All formats are welcome, from short responses to longer pieces. Visual and audio files are acceptable too. Students do not have to log in to Google to fill out the form, so it should be fairly free to access.

Graduation Update
Saturday May 9, 2020 is still our commencement date. However, as announced last week, if a new date is needed, we will host an on-campus graduation ceremony on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Please read the message posted earlier, Commencement 2020 Update, for more information about activities that weekend.

I hope you’ll use and enjoy these Moravian College backgrounds (for all those Zoom meetings and classes).

Best wishes to you all, 

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted April 1, 2020

Subject: Commencement 2020 Plans

Earlier today I shared a letter directly with the Class of 2020 about their graduation celebration; below are some excerpts from that letter:

Graduation Update
Saturday May 9, 2020 is still our commencement date. However, as announced last week, if a new date is needed, we will host an on-campus graduation ceremony on Saturday, October 24, 2020. 

Rationale: 
Colleges and Universities around the nation have been faced with the difficult decision of “what do we do about commencement?” - most have chosen one of 4 options:

  1. Cancel entirely (most have chosen this option).
  2. Cancel on-campus and hold a virtual graduation on the original 2020 date.
  3. Merge on-campus graduation for the Class of 2020 with the Class of 2021 in 2021.
  4. Choose a date and time in the future for an on-campus celebration (for us this was in October during Homecoming). 

We are committed to having an on-campus graduation for the Class of 2020. This Senior class has been at the very front of my mind since this pandemic began. 

There has been a lot of discussion among college presidents, just in the last few days, about whether or not it is realistic to believe that commencements in July and August 2020 will be permitted. Some are already rescheduling… Given that uncertainty, combined with our need to be open for varsity athletes, the band, and others who return in mid-August to begin their seasons, we thought it best to provide a realistic date in October. The last thing we all need right now is more uncertainty; so we thought it best to choose a firm date in order to provide time for our students and families to plan. 

Furthermore, we thought a July or August date would be problematic for graduates in new jobs and graduate programs to take time off to attend their Class of 2020 graduation. Consequently, we thought a summer graduation ceremony would have fewer students and friends returning, making it feel significantly lesser than other graduations. 

The Current Plan:

  • Friday, 10/23 (the first 2 events follow a “typical” graduation schedule):
    • Intercultural Graduation
    • Baccalaureate 
    • Instead of “45 days until graduation” we invite you to participate in “45,000 seconds until graduation” and join your classmates in this annual tradition 
  • Saturday, 10/24
    • Commencement on Makuvek Field (or the ARC, depending on weather). This ceremony will include all the speakers and recognitions that have traditionally been a part of this special day. 
    • After commencement, the Class of 2020 will lead the Homecoming Parade down to the Steel Field. 
    • At Steel Field we will provide a large tent in the tailgate area for our graduates, families and friends to celebrate together.
    • At halftime of the football game, we will invite the entire Class of 2020 to be recognized on the field.
    • After the football game, the Class of 2020 will return to the tent for another class celebration (with food and music).

I know it is very difficult for some of you to imagine that something so different could be as good or better than something you all have known and looked forward to all these years... but remember that celebrating with so many graduates, who have walked across that stage before you could be amazing. They get it, unlike anyone else, and many have already told me how excited they are to help us CELEBRATE YOU. 

This has the potential to be our most memorable graduation ceremony in 278 years because it will bring together generations of hounds who all care about you and Moravian College. 

You deserve an on-campus graduation.
You deserve to have hundreds/thousands of alums cheering for you.
You deserve to have this day to celebrate with your friends and family.

The Class of 2020 is resilient. You demonstrate that every day as you face this pandemic with leadership, integrity, and grace. Let’s continue to see the best in each other, our intentions, and our alma mater. 

Hound ‘Em
Bryon Grigsby
 


Posted, March 30, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus Update-March 30

Dear Campus Community,

Good afternoon. Welcome back to the work week! I hope you were able to find moments of tranquility over the weekend as we shelter and have time to reflect on who and what are the priorities in our lives. The pace of life is changing as our focus changes, more hectic in some areas, less hectic in others, and this weekend I continued to be mindful of self care. I did some Yoga and took regular walks with Lea, Pippa, Mo and Benny. We did some bike riding and I completed one of my guilty pleasures by finishing a Stephen King book that I had been reading on and off for about a year. I also plan on returning to another one of my favorite authors by rereading Milan Kundera’s Unbearable Lightness of Being, which I haven’t read since graduate school. I now feel very drawn to this book given the time and our new life experiences. This Sunday, Lea, Pippa, and I also participated in Central Moravian Church’s worship ceremony held on Facebook Live by Bishop Hopeton Clennon, who helped add some normalcy and peace in our very trying time. All of my children are starting to adjust to online learning, just as many of you are. My immediate family remains healthy, but I continue to worry about you and yours. 

The dogs are just glad to have everyone home all of the time!

Today's topics include: In the News, Case Updates, Campus Updates, and Good News.

In the news:
The federal government recommended extending social distancing guidelines throughout the month of April. Many news outlets are starting to share ideas for what to do, make, eat, or watch at home during this time of physical isolation from one another. Here are a few: NYT, USA Today, WPXI, Parade, and last, but definitely not least, Livescience.  

Case update
We now have 4 individuals in our college community who have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results. We have had 7 people recently receive a negative test result, and we have two positives - one confirmed positive result and one presumed positive result (someone who remains untested, but was categorized as a presumed positive by medical professionals) in our community. Both people are on the mend. Close contacts have been notified. 

Campus updates

  • After conversations with many students this weekend, I will share a more detailed letter on Wednesday regarding our thinking and plans for commencement (if we need to move to the alternate date of October 24, 2020).
  • Visit https://www.moravian.edu/counseling for Counseling Center news, events, self-help tools and mental health resources. Follow the Counseling Center on Facebook and Instagram for more mental well-being tips and strategies. To receive announcements about upcoming events email CounselingCenter@Moravian.edu and ask to be added to our email list.   

Good news
I am pleased to report that the Time of Caring campaign raised over $142,000 for the College and Seminary from 350 donors and counting. Thank you for participating in this initiative and demonstrating your care and concern for our students. It is heartwarming to see the community come together in solidarity during times like these.

A few years ago some Seminary graduates got together with others in the Moravian Church and started an online community, “Church without Walls”. On Sunday, they offered an online service, led by four other Seminary graduates—including Chaplain Jennika Borger who brought the week’s message. The service drew over 400 people from around the world and will continue to be offered each week, led by various leaders located in different parts of the globe. If you are interested, on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, the service is available here.

Are you thinking about ways to help people in our community? Here are a few things that might be of interest.

Best wishes to you and your families, 

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 27, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus Update - March 27

Dear Campus Community,

We now have completed our second week in our new normal. This has been a tough time for all of us and that we made it to this point… that is a success in and of itself! Congratulate yourselves! 

Remember that next week, I will be moving to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday, email schedule for our updates. Of course, I will let you know if there are any urgent announcements or changes in policies and procedures. Today's topics include: In the News, Case Updates, Campus Updates, and Good News.

In the News
Congress plans to vote on the senate’s bill today. There is a likelihood that this bill will pass. On another note, it has been heartening to see that our larger community is, like our Moravian community, actively seeking to help others. This morning, our local paper, The Morning Call, had several stories about manufacturers retooling, as well as how community members have stepped up their donations and have provided help for seniors and those who are totally housebound.

Case update
We have 7 individuals in our college community who have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results. We have had two people recently receive a negative test result, and we have two positives - one confirmed positive result and one presumed positive result (from someone who remains untested, but was categorized as a presumed positive by medical professionals) in our community. Thankfully, both people are recovering. Close contacts have been notified.

Campus updates

  • Undergraduate students may continue with graded courses, but will also be given the option to switch to a Pass/No-Credit rubric option for their courses. Students will have until May 2 to make this decision and should do so in consultation with their advisor. Details on the process will be provided by the end of next week. Over the next week, faculty advisors will receive more detailed information to help guide students in their choice.
  • Housing Selection: Room Retention continues through 8:00 a.m., Monday, April 6; we encourage students to consider this option. Admission tickets for General Selection will be emailed on Thursday, April 9 to eligible returning students. The Residence Life & Housing team is still working to transition our General Selection process online; we will share details about timing as soon as we can.
  • May term and summer term classes will be online. If we are able to be fully open, we will still offer all classes online, though students and faculty may be able to enjoy interacting in classrooms on campus as well.
  • Faculty, please be sure to read the email from the Provost also coming out today regarding faculty-related matters.
  • Commencement - Currently, Saturday May 9, 2020 is our commencement date. If a new date is needed, we will host an on-campus graduation ceremony on Saturday, October 24, 2020 (Homecoming Weekend). We are still working on the timing for that ceremony and the other events that will be incorporated into that day. I promise that this will be a very special day as we welcome home all our 2020 graduates into the entire pack of Moravian Hounds. I continue to ask for your patience; we need time to coordinate all of these potential shifts in plans and activities. I will share more information about commencement celebrations next week.

Good news:
Many thanks to all of you who have participated in the Time of Caring campaign. Your generosity means so much to our students in this difficult time. Our staff and faculty are still finding resources to share with our medical facilities in the valley. And, many of you are giving back to the community every day. 

The weekend is here and I hope you take some time to rest and recuperate from the stresses of this last week! You have more than earned some respite!

All my best to you and your families, be well,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 26, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus Update - March 26

Greetings,

Today’s update will cover what has become our traditional topics: the news, case updates and good news from our community.

First, I wanted to share a message we put together this week for the Moravian College community. Please take a moment to watch the video and know that we’re keeping every one of you in mind as this crisis continues. Video: President Grigsby-Spring2020

In The News:
Last night Lehigh and Northampton counties were added to the stay-at-home order by the governor and Moravian College is mandated by that order. We are already complying with the order, so there will be no changes to our processes and procedures at this time.

Case Update:
We have 7 individuals in our college community who have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results. We have had two people recently receive a negative test result, and we continue to have just ONE confirmed case in our campus community

Good News:
The federal government is working on a bill that would provide economic relief to citizens, small businesses, airlines, hospitals, and colleges. We are still working on the details of this relief bill and how it would impact our campus in relation to refunds for room and board. Even though Moravian is in the top quarter of colleges in the country, this pandemic has significant economic impact on our school. College buildings still need to be maintained and debt services still are expected to be paid to our lenders. Additionally, summer revenue from campus buildings seems unlikely this year. The move to online has also caused an increase in technology costs with the need for hundreds of Zoom and other software licenses to help keep our students progressing academically. This economic relief we hope can cover our current losses, provide refunds to our families, and keep our workforce fully employed. We will continue to update you as we find out more information.  

The financial and health crises will have an ongoing impact on students, their families, and the community. In order to be responsive, a decision was made to shift our Day of Giving, originally scheduled for today, to the Time of Caring campaign. The Helping Hounds and Seeds of Hope Funds were established to allow the College to be immediately responsive to our students. The Time of Caring campaign kicked off on Sunday, March 22 and will continue through Sunday, March 29. To date, 161 donors have shown their support to the College and Seminary with gifts totaling over $89,000 and counting.

Yesterday, the staff from Career & Civic Engagement delivered 3 full boxes of left over t-shirts from Heritage Day, America Reads, and Alternative Breaks to the St Luke’s Emergency Center on Brodhead Road in Bethlehem. St Luke’s had a team of seamstresses waiting for the t-shirts to be delivered. They will use the t-shirt material to make safety masks to assist with the needs of the emergency medical workers in the Lehigh Valley. The masks will be distributed locally as soon as possible to help protect medical workers in the fight against COVID-19. 

In addition, our Computer Science and Science departments are working with local medical facilities lending a hand to utilize Moravian’s 3-D printer to do some initial printing tests for face shields.

As we settle into a rhythm in our work, and as the surprises slow down, I will start to share communications three times a week -- unless the unexpected occurs, of course. Please look for my messages on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Thank you again and stay well. Rest and exercise are both important!

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 25, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus Update-March 25

Good afternoon, all!

It is the middle of our second week of our all online and remote experience. I hope that some normalcy of work and study and self care is now part of your lives. We are continuing to support our academic mission, while working carefully to preserve and protect the health and well-being of our community. I continue to be awed by the empathy and caring of the Moravian College community.

In the news:

The White House and Senate leaders agreed on a deal today “to jolt the economy struggling from the coronavirus pandemic.” We do not yet know how this will impact small private colleges, but I will be in a meeting at 3:00 p.m. to find out the details as it relates to higher education.

Lehigh and Northampton Counties are being added to stay at home order as of 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25. The guidance document states: “The virus that causes Coronavirus 2019 Disease (“COVID-19”) is easily transmitted, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety. The intent of this STAY AT HOME policy is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling life-sustaining services to continue.” See the guidance document for what the shelter in place means for you.

Case update: 

We continue to have 7 individuals in our college community who have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results; again, all close contacts of these individuals have been notified. As of today, we have ONE confirmed case in our campus community. 

Good news:

After having been on many calls with other college presidents, all are concerned about our families’ ability to afford high-quality education in light of this pandemic. We are also concerned about keeping our employees employed throughout this event. The impact of refunds and loss of future revenue, now and throughout the summer, could greatly hurt the college’s ability to keep tuition costs from escalating. 

In response to these issues, we pivoted our Day of Giving scheduled for March 26th to a Time of Caring initiative in an effort to be responsive to the current state of affairs. The Helping Hounds and Seeds of Hope Funds are the new vehicles driving this campaign. The Time of Caring campaign is not only about giving, but also a call to action for the Moravian community to come together during the global pandemic. By sharing inspiring messages of support, calling a friend, staying in touch with the elderly, and cheering on our students, the Time of Caring initiative is a way for the community to stand in solidarity and show we care for one another. The campaign has been well received by the community and we have heard from many alumni, friends, and parents who have shared positive feedback. To date, the campaign has raised over $73,000 with 82 donors.

Faculty and staff are also continuing to make the world a better place, volunteering to give out school lunches, finding more supplies to donate to our local valley hospitals, and finding other ways to help our neighbors and their families. We really are all in this together!

With deep appreciation for your determination and dedication,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 25, 2020

Subject: Positive COVID-19 Case

Dear Campus Community,

Today, the College was notified that an undergraduate, commuter student was tested over the weekend for COVID-19 and received a call today confirming that he is positive for the virus. 

The student was not on campus at all during the time he could have exposed others to the virus (3 days prior to the presentation of symptoms). He has no close contacts inside of the Moravian College community. Most importantly, this student is now under a doctor’s care. He is experiencing moderate symptoms and we wish him a quick and full recovery.

This was not one of the seven cases we’ve been monitoring, and the College thanks this student for notifying us promptly after learning his results. As a reminder, we ask anyone who is being tested for COVID-19 to please let us know by emailing healthcenter@moravian.edu as soon as possible. Our staff is monitoring that account throughout the day and evening, 7 days a week. This will allow us to help with contact tracing and ensure that appropriate facilities are cleaned thoroughly.

Later today, I will be following up with additional information concerning our campus, but felt that our community needed this information quickly.

Thank you and stay well,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 24, 2020

Greetings,

It is my hope that this latest update finds you as well and settled as possible! Today’s update covers several important issues as well our normal updates. The topics today include: The latest News Alerts, Case Update, Student Housing Selection, the National Census, and Refund Requests.

In the news:
Governor Wolf issued a stay-at-home order for seven counties in Pennsylvania (Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia). In addition, the Department of Education (PDE) announced that all educational institutions in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order could be extended beyond April 6 if necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Case update: 
We continue to have 7 individuals in our college community who have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results; again, all close contacts of these individuals have been notified. As of today, we have zero confirmed cases in our campus community. 

Housing Selection for Returning Students: 
We know that our returning students are eager to know where they will be living next year! The Housing team is working on the best plan to move our “in person” General Selection nights, originally scheduled for April 7 and 8, to the online environment. Like many things, we need some additional time in order to plan a process that will be the most accommodating (and the least anxiety-provoking) for our returning on-campus students. I will share information in a future email update about that process and the new dates for General Selection. Please visit our Residence Life & Housing website for more information.

Census Information:
Recently you and your family have been hearing a lot about the 2020 Census. As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the Census is conducted every ten years to get a complete and accurate count of every person living in the United States. The results of the Census will determine how billions of dollars in federal funding get distributed to states, counties, and cities as well as the number of congressional representatives and electoral votes allocated to each state.

With the current COVID-19 situation which caused most of our on-campus students to move home, we thought that we should remind you of how students are counted.

Students Who are Normally On Campus Residents: The College will be submitting basic directory information directly to the Census Bureau. It is important that you communicate with anyone that lives at your permanent address that you should not be counted on that Census form. You will be part of the Moravian College residential count.

Off Campus Residents: If you are living in private off-campus housing, regardless of whether you own or rent the property, you will submit a Census form for your off-campus household. If multiple people live in a private off-campus house together, the group will need to choose one person to be “head of household” for the purpose of submitting the form. All individuals living in the house will need to be included on the same form. It is important that you communicate with anyone that lives at your permanent address that you should not be counted on that Census form.

Commuter Students: You should submit your information on the Census form connected to your permanent address where you reside. 

Additional information about the Census 2020 can be found at https://census.gov/.

If you have questions about the College’s participation in the Census process, you may contact Elaine Deitch at deitche@moravian.edu. Thank you in advance for your participation.

Refund requests:

Many offices have been receiving frequent requests for, and emails and calls asking questions about refunds for room, board, parking, travel and study abroad (among others). Please know that my leadership team and I take your concerns extremely seriously and we will be contacting you as soon as possible when we have arrived at a reasonable solution. I’d ask that you refrain from sending questions to specific offices as they are all awaiting instructions from me. Again, I take this seriously and you have my word I will share more information soon.

Thank you as always for being part of this generous, creative, and patient community!  

Be well,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 23, 2020

Dear Moravian community,

It is Monday and I hope you are starting to get into a routine that includes self care. I can’t reinforce how important self care is for your well being. Over these past weeks, I had not been taking care of myself. This past Sunday, I chose to work out at home, take a walk with Mo and Benny, and spend some time reading a fiction book that I started but haven’t been able to find time to finish. All of this made a world of difference for me, and I felt so much better afterward. So find a routine that works for you that balances work and school, but always remember to take care of yourself during these times by exercising and doing things that you enjoy.  

Case update: We have 7 individuals in our college community who have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results; all close contacts of these individuals have been contacted. As of today, we have zero confirmed cases in our campus community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Muhlenberg College and Lehigh University who have recently had cases impact their campuses. 

Graduation: We know that this has been one of the things that is on the minds of most of our seniors and graduate students. I commit today, to all of you, that we will have an on-campus graduation ceremony sometime in the near future. I need a little more time to work on some behind-the-scenes logistics with my leadership team, but hope to announce a date later this week. Currently, May 9, 2020 is still our commencement date; the new date will only be needed if we cannot proceed as planned.

Some good news and good deeds to share.

We are hearing more stories of the efforts you are all making to help our larger community. The departments of Biology and Chemistry and Rehabilitation Sciences have all chipped in with medical supplies (e.g., masks, gowns, gloves, and disinfecting wipes) and are donating these to Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and St Luke's University Health Network (SLUHN). Our Rehabilitation Sciences department donated a large number of supplies specifically to SLUHN Physical Therapy so they could continue to treat patients in the outpatient clinics. Thanks to them all for their quick and thoughtful responses!

Gloves in Collier for donating (photo by Alison Holliday)

Just a reminder, for students having difficulty with online education delivery, please contact Dean Kevin Hartshorn (hartshornk@moravian.edu) in the Student Success Center and for faculty, please contact Associate Provost Bernie Cantens (cantensb@moravian.edu).

We are all in this together.  Take care of yourselves.

Sincerely,

Bryon Grigsby 
President


Posted March 22, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

I have a few updates to share and some good news. 

Case update: no changes since yesterday’s note.

Some good news and good deeds to share.

As most of you know, George Washington came to the Moravians to ask for assistance in the war against England. The Moravians chose to turn their dorm into a Revolutionary War hospital, and Brethren's House treated more than 5,000 American, British, and Hessian soldiers, including Lafayette. Today, we continue in this history of service to our country as we face new challenges: The Breidegam School of Nursing faculty collected their supplies (masks, gowns, and gloves) and are donating these to LVHN Muhlenberg ICU and the St Luke's Bethlehem ER. Thanks to them all for their quick and thoughtful response! It is moving to see how quickly people are springing into action to help others!

We have heard from many that you would like to donate to our food and resource pantry on campus, called Mo’s Cupboard. The Cupboard can support student needs remotely as well as those who remain on campus. You can find ways to donate to Mo's Cupboard here.

We welcome information from others on how you are reaching out to the community in this time of need!

Online and remote work

Moving into this next week of the virtual college experience, we have all now experienced classes in an environment where we have suddenly needed to know Zoom and Canvas and Lockdown. We have been buying software licenses and increasing bandwidth to assist faculty and students as we become completely virtual. We are identifying the rough spots and difficulties and finding solutions to these issues. Feel free to make us aware of these as you encounter them so that we can continue to troubleshoot. Please continue to send your concerns to studentsuccess@moravian.edu.

Both faculty and students have begun discussing the potential impact of the online move on grading and the policies surrounding these (and we are, unfortunately, seeing these ideas being shared in mainstream and social media). At Moravian, we are committed to remain in dialogue and discussion with each other as we figure out solutions to difficult problems. Our mission is to provide a first-in-class academic experience rooted in humanity, dialogue, and reflection. We have been meeting with faculty and our student leadership about grading policies during this time, and instead of choosing social media as your outlet, we encourage you to engage with those stakeholders. We will continue our conversation about these topics (and many others) over the coming days and weeks. We will report back to you on the topic in future emails.

Students, please keep in touch with your faculty. Keep them apprised of how you are doing and what barriers you are having with your coursework. Work with your advisors as you plan your final weeks of the semester. We will work with you to find ways to successfully complete the academic semester even under the current circumstances.

Faculty, please keep in touch with your chairs, deans, and provost with how you are faring in this new environment and how we can ease the stress of this transition as much as possible. Share ideas too!

The stresses and anxieties at home, created by COVID-19, will be with us for some time. We are built as social beings; so in this time of social distancing (which is really about physical distancing), please find ways to connect with others as you study, work, and play. I remind you that finding routine is essential as we navigate the weeks ahead.

Finally, I want to acknowledge that some of you are still working on the “front lines” of the COVID-19 crisis, and I, among many, am humbled by your service. Thank you for the sacrifices you are making to care for our local communities!

Remember to take care of your own health! 

All my best wishes,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 21, 2020

Hello Campus Community,

I write today with three major pieces of information: a case update, a response to refund questions, and some resources for how we can better understand and respond to the COVID-19 crisis from our homes.

All of the faculty and staff on our campus have been working around the clock, literally, since March 6 when I shared our first community update to keep the continuity of the student's education. That was 16 days ago. We have been strategic and deliberate in planning our response so that we can act in ways that benefit the whole of our community and that can be sustained for the duration of this pandemic. I hope you can also understand that we, like you, have families to care for and support at home this weekend and in the coming weeks ahead. 

Case Update: On Thursday, March 20, I reported that we had test results back from two members of our community who tested negative, and that we had three more awaiting results. Those three continue to wait for test results. Additionally, we have one more commuter student who has been tested. As of today, we are waiting on results from four members of our community and we have zero confirmed cases in our community.

Questions about refunds: I have seen an influx of questions regarding Moravian’s policy about room and board refunds since yesterday’s article published in The Morning Call  at 10:05 p.m. about other Lehigh Valley schools and the actions they’re taking. Many of the issues we have been asked to manage in the last two weeks have been more complex than they first appeared (and many thanks to those parents and others on social media who have urged others to give us some additional time - we do notice those posts and it helps more than you know). I’ll do my best to explain:

Unlike some schools across the nation, we chose not to evict our students immediately. We believed (and still believe) that we have a moral obligation to be a safe haven for those with no other place to go. Originally, this meant anyone could remain in our residence halls. We continuously urged students and their families to make their own choices about staying or going. We did not want to impose this choice on anyone, realizing that everyone’s personal and family circumstances are nuanced and unique. Eventually, we were directed by the Governor’s Office to increase restrictions, but ultimately we are still providing food and shelter to students on our campus and plan to continue this practice. I am proud of our decisions. I stand by them and would take the same action again.

There will be refunds, but it will take a good deal of time to figure out how much it will be for each student.  For room refunds, both the federal and state governments realize that colleges have to continue to pay their debt covenants and the upkeep for the residence halls, even without anyone living in them. They realize that the colleges' fixed costs did not go down simply because students are not in the residence halls.  Whatever legislation is decided upon, we will be passing those refunds onto our students and/or their families. We do know that we will be able to give refunds for board, but we have to work with our service provider, Sodexo (who has been outstanding at providing us service through this unprecedented event) to arrive at what those numbers are for all our students. 

The bottom line is that I need additional time with my staff to make the best decisions that we can - for our current students and their families, for the health and longevity of Moravian College, and for the 500+ employees for whom I am (with our Board of Trustees) ultimately responsible. I am very appreciative of the countless parents who have already written to me and said that whatever the refund is, please count it as a charitable donation.  This truly makes me proud of my alma mater and the people who love her.

Many of you have asked:  How can I help? or Where can I learn more?

How can we connect and help those, in and out of our immediate community, that are especially struggling? The New York Times has had a couple of good articles. How can we help? Helping while social distancing.

For those interested in the science of and public health responses to COVID-19, there are a number of up-to-date online resources available. See the article from Evergreen Hospital in Washington state. The American Medical Association (AMA) also generously shares information, as does Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

As always, you have my commitment to continued updates and sharing of information.

Be well,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 20, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus Update - March 20 Evening

Dear Campus Community,

I am pleased to share with you that I had a very informative conference call with representatives from Governor Wolf’s office and with other private college presidents in Pennsylvania at 4:15 pm today. 

What I learned is that everything we have already put into place is in full compliance with the governor’s expectations.

The Governor’s staff has asked me to emphasize one main point as it relates to our residential population. For those of you heading home, this is not the time to move out all of your belongings, this is the time to take essential items and travel safely. As I have said repeatedly, your belongings will continue to be secure in your residence space; and you can get them when the time is right. 

We believe we have heard from all current residential students who have no place to go, but if not, please complete this form as soon as you finish reading this message, so we can help you.

I will continue to keep you informed as we navigate this unprecedented time.

Again, please be well and I hope you find some time this weekend for rest and recovery from this roller coaster week.

Yours,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 20, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

It is Friday. So much has happened these last two weeks that first and foremost, today, we should recognize the weekend that is upon us. I understand, and know from experience, with everyone working from home, that “work” and “home” can blur together. Now, more than ever, if it is possible for you, try to embrace the weekend. We need to take this time over the weekend to absorb what has happened. To rest. To prepare for another week of fulfilling our educational mission.

RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS:

  • Thank you to the residential students who have already indicated that they need to stay on campus because they do not have another place to go. We are working with all of these students to keep them safe. 
  • If you are a residential student who has already contacted us and submitted information via this form, you will be receiving additional information via email from housing@moravian.edu within the next few hours.  
  • To all the residential students who are planning to leave by Saturday, thank you to you and your families for complying with the Governor’s mandate. We know this has been difficult for you. Please do not take everything from your room with you, take what you need and travel home safely.
  • To all residential students who have already left campus, please do not return to campus now, this is not the time to return and gather additional items. Thank you for complying with this.
  • To any current residential student who has not yet completed the form, but has no place to go, we need to hear from you immediately. Please complete this form, as soon as you finish reading this message. 

Health Center: In line with the Governor’s directive, the Moravian College Health Center will physically close at 4:00 p.m. today; however, the staff will continue monitoring phone calls and emails from their homes (healthcenter@moravian.edu). They will continue with necessary protocols to assist those who have already been tested for COVID-19, who may be tested in the future for COVID-19, and notifying appropriate close contacts of those individuals. 

Communications streams: In addition to our all campus messages, we will begin to communicate more systematically with our specific constituencies as we continue to plan for the future and adjust our practices in the days and weeks ahead. That means that we will begin sending specific messages just to members of the faculty, others to just our staff, others to our alumni and other community partners, and finally messages directed entirely to our student body.  

Are we “closed” or “open” for business: We are getting emails about whether we are “closed” or “open.” I hope these regular updates are beginning to clarify the complexity of the situation. All non “life-sustaining” businesses have been ordered to stop activity on site; and as part of our compliance we have switched campus operations online, so our campus as of midnight Saturday is closed. Classes and business operations continue online for the indefinite future. However we have not been ordered to abandon our institution, so minimal care will still be required (e.g. some buildings will continue to be heated and cooled as normal for safety purposes and our Police Department will remain on campus). Moravian College has thrived and adapted as the world has changed -- since 1742! The College plans to continue its long and storied history as a physical, intellectual, and emotional place for its students, faculty, and staff well into the future.

At 4:15 p.m., I will be in a conference call with the Governor’s office and all Pennsylvania private college presidents about what this means for our campus and our most at risk students. I will be updating the campus after that call. 

If you have a safe place to go, please go. Please do not clear out your dorm. The time and people it would take to do that would put others at risk. Take only your essentials. Your belongings will be secured and you can get them when the time is right. 

Your steadfast support of one another is making a difference in the lives of our students and each other. Thank you.

Very sincerely yours,

Bryon Grigsby
President
 

P.S. This message was recently shared by the United Way: The latest information on UWGLV’s community response, including information about PA-211, meal availability, and educational resources for families and children. In addition, employees can visit the FamilyWize for their free Rx prescription card, to save money on prescription drugs.


Posted March 19, 2020

Subject: IMPORTANT UPDATE for STUDENTS and FACULTY

Dear College Community,

As we have noted repeatedly, things regarding COVID-19 are very fluid and there is breaking news. Earlier this evening, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf instituted further restrictions on the citizens of Pennsylvania, meaning that we have reached Tier 5 in the Tiered Mitigation Plan shared earlier this week. Per the letter and spirit of the Governor’s order we need to avoid one-on-one human contact.

We must be in compliance with the Governor's directive by Saturday, March 21, 2020 

These state directives require us to make the following updates to the restrictions and adjustments that have already been put in place:

Residential students:

  • The order Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced on Thursday evening requires us to close our residence halls by Saturday, March 21.
    • Businesses that fail to comply risk citations, fines or license suspensions, and "forfeit their ability to receive any applicable disaster relief and/or may be subject to other appropriate administrative action," Wolf's office said in a statement. Criminal prosecution is also a possibility, with violators subject to fines or imprisonment, Wolf's office said.
  • All students that have a place to stay long-term (e.g., your family’s permanent residence, an apartment or house off-campus with friends or extended family), please go there within the next 24 hours. We recognize the hardship this places on you and your families, but the College is required to comply with the Governor’s order. 
    • This is not the time to move all items from your room (again, we are still expected to practice social distancing), this is the time to take what you need and travel home safely. There will be ample time in the future when you may return to campus and remove the rest of your belongings. 
    • If you have a friend or family member driving to campus to take you home, please do not invite them into the residence hall. We need them to remain in their vehicle or outside of the building.
  • For those of you who are without a home or other safe place to go (international students and other individuals), please know that we are in the process of actively determining what we can do to ensure your safety and well being. We will have a solution by Saturday. If you fall into this category, please fill out this form as soon as possible. In the meantime, please begin using your networks to have a “back-up” plan if we are unsuccessful in getting a waiver from the Governor’s Office or determining another legal solution.
  • Dining will continue with to-go options for our on-campus residents on Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Dining on Saturday, March 21 will be addressed in tomorrow’s update. 

Online education:

  • All classes and programs of study will continue online for the remainder of the semester. We will work with students and faculty to support the academic mission in every way possible. Concerns should be directed to studentsuccess@moravian.edu.
  • Academic support, including PASS support, drop-in tutoring, subject tutoring, and the writing center, have already been transitioned to online.
  • Advising and registration for the fall semester will continue online.

This came as a surprise to all of us and we recognize that this message does not address all issues, but we wanted to get time sensitive information in your hands as soon as possible. We will be in touch tomorrow with additional updates.

Moravian College has made a commitment to serve our college community as ethically and wisely as we know how. Even in the virtual world, we are all hounds and we will continue to face these trying times together!

With my most sincere hope that you all remain safe and healthy,

Yours,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 19, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

I write this note as a follow-up to my most recent message that included updates that three commuter students were recently tested for COVID-19. My office has received numerous phone calls and emails requesting more information.

Out of respect for the students' privacy and HIPAA guidelines, we cannot directly address some of the most frequently asked questions like: What are the names of these students? When were these students last on campus? Who did they have classes with? Did they ride the shuttle? We did not provide that level of detail with the prior two cases (that came back negative) and it would be inappropriate for us to do that now. In addition, we continue to follow established protocols and have already communicated with any close contacts (faculty, staff, and students) that may have been exposed and we are counting on individuals to contact those outside of our campus community that may have been exposed. 

We know these are scary and uncertain times. We know that everyone is concerned for their own safety and the safety of the people they care about. And we know that there are reasons that our country, our state, and our city have taken drastic actions to reduce person-to-person contact. The CDC reports that . . . ”the virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably . . .”

Our facilities teams continue to sanitize surfaces in public and private spaces, including the shuttle where our drivers begin and end their shifts by sanitizing the spaces within the shuttle. And even though many of the public gathering spaces on campus are now less frequently used, there are numerous hand sanitizing stations located throughout campus.

Thank you for your careful reading of my emails! I do appreciate your concern for our community.

Sincerely yours,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 19, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

Welcome to the daily message. It is Thursday! In this message we will update you on the COVID-19 case status in our local community and update you on our decisions around events. We also share a few words of support for our students.

Covid-19 Case Update

  • First, some good news. The second member of our community who was tested last week received a negative COVID-19 test result! That means the two individuals we have been reporting about in these daily emails have now received negative test results. We are so happy for them and their families.
  • Second, we have had an additional 3 members of our community (all commuter students) recently be tested for the virus. The College Health Center staff has already communicated with faculty/staff/student “close contacts” of those three individuals. We are hopeful they, like our original two, will receive good news in the future; but for now our thoughts are extended to those 3 students, and their families, that they will test negative as well.
  • As always, we will continue to be transparent about the number of cases involving members of our Moravian College community. 
  • See the CDC Prevention and Treatment page for more information on close contact and ways to keep yourself and your loved ones as safe as possible.

Events:

  • Events over 50 people should be cancelled through May 4. 
  • Many of you saw this in our note yesterday about commencement (“The CDC is currently advising an 8-week moratorium for events of 50 people or more.”) but we wanted to emphasize this point again.
  • Thanks to those of you who have already begun cancelling, postponing, or transforming events to virtual spaces through May 4.

Navigating the digital world:

  • Students, you may be struggling to engage in classes as much as you should. We know this change has been tough for many of you and we also know it is not ideal for every kind of class! 
    • Do reach out to your professors or our student success team (studentsuccess@moravian.edu). They are here to help!  
    • It really will benefit you if you keep on a regular schedule with your classes and study times. Get plenty of rest and exercise. 
    • Trust that we all have your best interests at heart. Be as patient with yourself as you are with others!

Finally, tell us your stories! How are you coping? Has anything gone particularly well for you? Or did your cat step on the delete button after you wrote the best paragraph of your life? Do you have any advice for your fellow students or faculty or staff on life lived remotely? We want to hear from you! Send your stories, pictures, and videos to news@moravian.edu and if you’re already posting on social media, make sure to tag @MoravianCollege and use #MoravianCollege so we can see them and share some lighthearted moments that can help us all get through this tough time. Make sure to follow the College’s social media channels on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay connected to students, faculty, and staff.

Remember, we are in this together, and we will come through this together.

Be well,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 18, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

Good morning. I hope this note finds you all taking care of yourselves and successfully navigating the online and Zoom world that we are currently living in. Today’s message contains three main areas of focus: 

  1. An update on COVID-19 cases
  2. Our commencement plan
  3. How to take care of oneself and others during this stressful time

Case Update:

  • There are no changes in Lehigh and Northampton Counties regarding the number of positive cases: COVID-19 statistics. 
  • We have no confirmed cases on our campus.
  • We are still waiting for results from one of the two people in our community who were tested, as reported on Monday, one of those individuals tested negative.

Commencement:

The graduation ceremony is obviously important to our campus and we hope to hold a graduation ceremony for our graduating students and their families. The current CDC requirements for social distancing, however, may require us to postpone or transform the graduation experience if the current moratorium is extended. If that were to happen, then the planned graduation ceremony cannot take place in the normal fashion on May 9. Please note: We are actively working on a virtual graduation plan as well as a time where all of us can come back to campus in person and celebrate your accomplishments, should we need to consider other options.

THE CURRENT DATE FOR GRADUATION IS SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2020

  • The CDC currently states an 8-week moratorium for events of 50 people or more.
  • If the CDC recommendation holds, that moratorium expires on May 4.
  • Graduation is scheduled to be held on May 9.

A student’s true graduation is based on the date they finish their program of study. The ceremony is a celebration of that achievement. Whatever happens with our community celebrations, students will be able to apply for jobs or graduate school as a college graduate!

We will provide an update to this plan by April 15, 2020 (if not before).

Taking Care: Advice from the World Health Organization

As I have mentioned in nearly every email, I continue to be in awe by the fortitude of the Moravian College community. We are in this together. Thank you for your continued care of one another and your patience as we face these unprecedented times.

Yours,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 17, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus Update - March 17

Dear Campus Community,

Good Morning. 

Currently there are no changes to the COVID-19 statistics from the PA Department of Health that we shared last night. If there are updates, we will share them in the next "All Campus" note.

Effective today, many campus buildings are locked and those that are on card access will still be accessible with your college ID. We are trying to limit unauthorized people on our campus, and believe this step is necessary to best protect our campus community and the community as a whole. The HUB will be open limited hours (9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.) to accommodate on-campus dining and access to the mail room.

A special thank you to our resident students who quickly complied with our request to submit residential housing plans; we appreciate it! By 8:00 a.m. today, we had over 400 responses! If you submitted a form, you are approved to stay on campus unless contacted directly by the Office of Housing or Office of Residence Life. And for those who have not yet completed this form, please do so ASAP.

We will continue to communicate as often as needed to answer the questions that you will undoubtedly have over the course of the next days and weeks. We remain committed to providing daily email updates, but as happened yesterday, sometimes you may receive multiple messages in a day. We continue to ask for your patience and understanding as we continue this journey together.

For faculty and staff, we will communicate separately to address issues specific to your work lives. Students, your responsibility is to continue to learn and protect your health and the health of others.

As always,
 

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 16, 2020

Subject: URGENT Coronavirus Update - March 16

Dear Campus Community,

Earlier today Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced a two week closing of non essential businesses. What does that mean for us? The Department of Education understands that all colleges have student populations that need to remain on campus for their and their family’s health and well being.  Nevertheless, we need to enact further precautions for our community, including what we do on campus and who has access to campus so that we can best protect all in our community. 

Our online courses will continue regardless of open/closed status… most faculty and students can participate from their homes. Our goal is to finish the semester for the seniors especially, but for all students to make progress towards their degrees. 

What changes are we making on campus for the next two weeks (through 3/29):

  • All co-curricular activities will cease. 
  • The Athletic Complex (Johnston Hall, ARC and Fitness Center) will be closed.
  • The Library will be closed.
  • Dining:
    • For the remainder of today (March 16), dining will continue to operate as announced in the email sent at 1:50 p.m. today. 
    • Beginning tomorrow (March 17) all food will be provided in a “to-go” style:
    • The Star and Clewell Dining hours:
      • Breakfast: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
      • Lunch: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
      • Dinner: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    • The Blue & Grey Cafe will be open for grab and go from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • The dining halls will not be open for seating.

Further limiting access to campus for the next two weeks (through 3/29):

  • All non-essential staff: please work from home starting tomorrow. 
  • Commuters: you should not be on campus at this time.
  • Residential Students who have already gone home: please stay home.
  • Residential Students who are still living in residence halls: we are restricting access to the campus and services on the campus. Please fill out this form by Noon on Tuesday, 3/17, in order to register to stay in on-campus housing. 
  • Work Study Students: please do not report to work.
  • Essential staff should report to campus tomorrow and these include the President’s senior staff, campus police, dining services, health center, select student life personnel, custodial staff, and IT (more specific information for these groups will be shared by supervisors).

We will continue to update you as we have further information, but no later than 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. 

I continue to be impressed with your flexibility and creativity in this uncertain time, thank you.

Yours,

Bryon Grigsby
President
 


Posted March 16, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus Update - March 16

Dear Campus Community,

Welcome back to the daily update. I sincerely hope that the first day of online instruction is going well for all of you. I suspect there have been some glitches along the way, but we will only get better at this as time continues!

The number of cases continues to grow in our geographic area.  There are 76 cases statewide and 1 case in both Lehigh and Northampton Counties. We have two people under testing and in isolation off campus, and one person who was under testing is now negative. We have no confirmed cases on our campus. Please continue to check the PA Dept of Health website for information. 

Even though our nursing students were playing a critical role in assisting with this outbreak, all nursing clinicals at both Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke’s will cease at 5:00 p.m. today (March 16). We will have simulation clinicals occur in the Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Center for Health Sciences to help keep nursing students on track for graduation. If you are a nursing student, please contact your faculty members.

My message today is also about trying to create a “new normal” for yourself. The next two weeks (or longer) will be even more difficult if you don’t create a routine. It’s important to set times for working and times for self care as well as maintaining normal sleep and eating patterns. If you get into a rhythm, work and study is easier, and this event will be a lot easier to manage. Students, if your courses are now asynchronous, I recommend that you continue to study during your normal class and study times.

All of us also need to make time for self care. The CDC shares the following information:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

On-campus dining update: 

  • The Star is open. It will close tonight at 7:00 p.m. and plans to re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Simple Servings, The Grill and Hometown remain in operation.
  • Clewell Dining and Clewell retail are open. This location will close tonight at 7:00 p.m. tonight and plans to re-open tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. All meals at Clewell are made-to-order.
  • The Blue & Grey is open until 8 pm tonight. Crush and Take-out remains available. Opening on Tuesday is to be determined.
  • DeLights Cafe will be closing for the next two weeks.

If there are any updates today about the virus on our campus, I will notify our community immediately; otherwise, the next update will be Tuesday, March 17. Again, at the moment, there are no additional individuals being tested and no one reporting symptoms of the virus from our campus community.  

I understand there are many questions out there about commencement and my leadership team will be meeting (by Zoom) tomorrow to discuss contingency plans for this very important rite of passage. I will update you as soon as possible, but know that I am committed to holding graduation as long as we can do so safely.

Let’s continue to extend grace to members of our community who are juggling family schedules as they also are managing work responsibilities.

Thank you all for your extraordinary efforts in this extraordinary time.

Sincerely yours,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 15, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus Update - March 15

Dear Campus Community,

Good morning. This is our daily update on the COVID-19 about what we know locally and on campus. As of now, we know of no additional individuals being tested and no one reporting symptoms of the virus from our community.  We currently have no one infected on campus.  Additionally, the number of cases stands at 47 for Pennsylvania and zero cases in Lehigh County and one case in Northampton County.

Please remember that many people of college age can carry the virus with no symptoms. Since older adults are more at risk, it may make the most sense for college-age students to stay on campus rather than traveling to home where you may have contact with parents and grandparents. You should work with your family and make the best choice for your health and the health of your family.  It is also important to remind you that most people who do show symptoms do in fact recover from this virus. That does not make it any less real or its socio-economic impact less concerning. But I am reminding us that we will get through this together, helping and supporting one another.

We are committed to continuing the education of our students even as we ensure that we follow safe health practices and social distancing. As an all-Mac campus, we are well situated to support our students as we shift to a virtual class environment through March 29 (longer if necessary). For our faculty, our Teaching and Learning Center is providing a range of resources and supports for this transition. For our students, the Student Success Office has provided information so students can Keep on Learning. Together with our Information Technology and Instructional Design teams, these groups demonstrate Moravian’s dedication to the education of its students.

Please continue to follow healthy hygiene habits. Wash your hands thoroughly and dry them carefully with a paper towel. Do this often. Practice social distancing (recommendation is a minimum of 6 feet between people). Do not shake hands. Clean your technology as well!

Again, tomorrow begins our move to all online classes and coursework. I know this is disappointing for some of you; I know others have been teaching and learning online for years so this is just a continuation of current and past experiences. I am asking that we work together, as a united Moravian community, to make the most out of these unprecedented times. I know I can count on you!

Sincerely yours,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 14, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus Update - March 14

Dear Campus Community,

Welcome to the daily message and update. The circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 remain fluid and dynamic. As you may know, the governor has closed the PA K-12 Schools for the next two weeks. Many of your families may have been affected and you and they are in our thoughts. 

As I mentioned yesterday, two members of our campus community are being tested for the virus (that number has not changed in the past 24 hours). We still have no confirmed cases associated with the campus. The campus remains open, as of this writing, but as always please review the COVID-19 Moravian webpage.

We have added the Moravian College Tiered Mitigation Plan to our website as well. I encourage you to familiarize yourself with that document. We are currently at Tier 3 (out of 5).

As much as possible, we encourage all members of our campus community to practice social distancing. More specifically, our current recommendation is:

Group Meetings: We recommend that you try to use Zoom or Google Hangout technology for all gatherings (realizing that that will not be possible in all circumstances).

1:1 Meetings: We recommend that if you need to be in the same space/room, please try to be at least 6 feet apart.

For those of you interested in more reading about risk assessment, please refer to the CDC webpage.

Keep up hand washing and social distancing!

Yours,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 14, 2020

Subject: Update from Seminary Dean's Office

To Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I hope that you are well and taking care of yourselves and those around you during this unusual and rapidly changing time. The Seminary has been a place of teaching and learning for over two centuries, and in that time has carried out its mission in the face of many challenges. As we face this challenge together, I want to remind you of a few key details.

Keep checking your campus email at least daily for updates from the Office of the President and other campus offices. The Seminary is part of the College, so announcements about the College apply to Seminary students, staff, and faculty the same as they do to everyone else.

As is true for the whole College, Seminary classes will be taught online for the next two weeks (March 16-29). By March 26, a decision will be made and communicated to you about the course of action after that. 

Seminary faculty and instructors will be in touch with you soon about what "online" means for each of your classes. Check Canvas and your email for those messages. Be sure to check each day since this is a fluid situation and things can change quickly. One thing has changed since yesterday. It is no longer the case that a Seminary class can be held with some students present on campus and some joining by Zoom. Students should not come to campus to attend class but should connect online or by Zoom. If you do not have the ability to connect remotely, contact your instructor, and we will work together to find a solution.

Although classes are not meeting on campus, campus facilities are open--Bahnson Center, Reeves Library, the HUB, etc.

The changes and uncertainties of these days call for patience, resilience, kindness, and collaboration. Complicated challenges are often resolved with simple measures. So, eat, pray, love ... and wash your hands multiple times each day. And let me or faculty or staff know how we might support or assist you during this time. 

God's peace be with you,

The Rev. Frank L. Crouch, PhD

 

Posted March 13, 2020

Subject: Nursing Students and Clinicals

 
Dear Students,
 
I certainly understand this is a time of uncertainty as we have more questions than answers. Please know the faculty in the School of Nursing continue to use evidence-based information and science to guide our decisions as we navigate these challenging times. Please be sure to educate yourselves and families regarding the most current information on the CDC and WHO websites as your sources of evidence-based information.

In this profession it is important to remain calm and educated in your approach to facing these crises. The leadership team and nursing faculty are all involved in national conversations with leaders in academic programs across the nation. Although these guidelines remain fluid and can change at any moment, our experts in nursing education support and validate the decisions that are being made by Moravian College regarding student placements in clinical agencies. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) acknowledge the vital role of nursing students as members of the healthcare team that can provide meaningful care. These students have been educated and trained in how to care for patients with communicable diseases. In general, nursing students will NOT participate in the direct patient care of a patient exhibiting symptoms or diagnosed with COVID -19.

The Moravian College School of Nursing will continue with your clinical placement assignments and we will continue to follow the guidelines from our professional leaders. If these guidelines change, we will certainly continue to modify our curriculum plan. Our students will not take care of patients or screening of patients experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Please do not attend clinical experiences if you are sick or develop symptoms of COVID-19.
 
You have chosen and are a part of a profession that will be called upon, and needed, to support a stressed healthcare system.  We need to remain professional in our interactions, vigilant in our infection control procedures, remain educated on the latest updates, and avoid the spread of inaccurate information. It is vital that you take care of yourselves and each other. Please feel free to reach out to your faculty or myself if you have any questions or concerns. I thank you for your patience and professionalism in working with our faculty as we follow the latest guidelines for the safety of our students and patients we serve.
 
Sincerely,

Dr. Dawn Goodolf
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Department of Nursing


Posted March 13, 2020

Subject: Student Weekend Expectations - COVID-19

Fellow Hounds,

I know that the last few days have been confusing and frustrating, and perhaps scary for some of you, regarding COVID-19 and your Spring 2020 college experience. We have been doing everything that we can, within the context of CDC guidelines, to keep you (and your families) safe and healthy and yet keep our College open. 

That said, I continue to be concerned that you are disregarding advice to protect yourself and take care of your friends, particularly as it relates to this weekend. Some of you have been great, others have not.

Accordingly, here are some *new* weekend expectations to help you with social distancing:

  1. If the police find groups gathering outdoors, they will immediately suspend the gathering.
  2. If non-Moravian visitors are found in residence halls, they will be asked to leave campus immediately and the host will be held responsible.
  3. Students found hosting parties and/or gathering in large groups may lose the privilege of remaining on campus for the next two weeks and will face additional disciplinary action.

Please take your responsibility as an adult in our campus community seriously. All around the nation events are being cancelled, SOCIAL DISTANCING is the very best action you can take right now for you and your family. Please do your part as we face this pandemic.

Thanks,

Bryon


Posted March 13, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus Update - March 13

Dear Campus Community,

Thank you for your continued trust and patience regarding the College’s preparedness and response to COVID-19. We also appreciate your willingness to share your creative ideas. I have been impressed by how the community has come together to support one another.

For the time being, it will be my intent to send daily emails to our community in order to maintain transparency as we all navigate these challenging times.

Over the course of the next few weeks and possibly months, we will be dealing with people who are feeling ill, and we will always err on the side of caution. Consequently, as of 12:00 p.m. today, two members of the Moravian College community have been sent for testing for COVID-19 at local hospitals. It could take up to five days for these individuals to receive test results. All of these individuals are off-campus at this time. A lot is still unknown about this virus, but at the moment, nearly 90% of individuals being tested are negative. You can access public information from the PA Department of Health about COVID-19 in PA here.

I will continue to update you as I have information: at this time we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our college community.

One change regarding athletics since yesterday’s message - the Landmark Conference has decided to suspend practices and games for all spring varsity athletes until further notice. See the Landmark Conference announcement here: Landmark COVID-19 Update.

Students: I think it is important to remember that your greatest risk in this infection is in your carrying it to other people who are older than you. Only 3% of the cases worldwide are under 20 years old. Mortality of those infected under forty is 0.2%. Most symptoms in children are mild and go unnoticed, and 80% of us will have no symptoms at all. It is for these reasons that the recommendation is social distancing for this age group, which includes moving classes online and lessening or restricting activity on campus to prevent this group from infecting older, more at-risk populations.    

I also wanted to share our current thinking regarding actions Moravian College will take IF we have a confirmed positive or presumed positive case on campus. Please understand that we are following CDC recommendations and that guidance has been and will continue to be fluid. To review the updates to the current protocols in place if we do have a confirmed positive or presumed positive case on campus, please visit the COVID-19 Information page FAQs.

I want to thank all of you again for your patience and understanding. We will continue to share as much information as possible as soon as we can, and we will do our best to answer any questions that may come up. 

Sincerely yours,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 12, 2020

Subject: Classes Moving To Remote Instruction For Two Weeks

Dear campus community,

Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we all monitor, plan for, and respond to the current public health situation. Here are the most recent updates and decisions pertinent to Moravian.

Classes Moving To Remote Instruction For Two Weeks

  • From March 16 - 29, Moravian College will hold all classes and coursework online. Classes will not meet face-to-face. We appreciate that our faculty and staff have been preparing for the possibility of moving to online classes. Additional information will be sent to students in the coming days.
  • Advising and registration for summer and fall classes will continue as normal, with advisement meetings conducted online. Students will receive additional information soon.
  • Each day we will review the situation, and by Thursday, March 26, we will make an announcement about whether we will indeed resume full campus activities and instruction on Monday, March 30.

Clinicals, Practicums, Off-Site Placements and Internships

  • In some cases these experiences may be able to proceed as scheduled; in others, they may be conducted remotely or be postponed, canceled or limited.
  • Students impacted will receive communications from placement coordinators in their programs; in these areas, we will be relying on guidance from accreditors, school systems and health systems.

The College Is Not Closed

  • Until further notice, administrative offices and services — including the library and dining halls will remain fully operational. Faculty and staff should continue to work on-site; for those who have underlying health concerns, we will work with each individual and supervisor to devise a plan for working remotely.
  • If faculty have any concerns or questions, please contact the Office of the Provost. If staff have any concerns or questions, please contact your supervisor.

Can Students Remain In Campus Housing?

  • Yes. This is a choice for all residential students to make.
  • The residence halls will remain open, but we know that many may choose to go home.
  • At this time, all Dining Services operations will remain in full operation.

Postponement Of College Events

  • Moravian College will cancel or postpone all large event gatherings (100+ people) and many smaller events, on campus effective immediately until Monday, March 30. Details on these changes are under development and will be shared once finalized.
  • Students: As I mentioned in my email to all of you yesterday, parties and similar gatherings are not permitted on campus; nor are non-Moravian visitors allowed in our residence halls. 

Status of Athletic Events

  • At this time, all Landmark Conference competitions will cease until April 6th.
  • Non-conference competitions may continue as planned today and tomorrow, but will stop on Saturday, March 14th. 
  • Student athletes have a choice regarding their participation in athletic activities through April 6th. Other decisions concerning practice schedules will be made by the athletic department/coaches as the situation evolves.
  • Please check the Moravian College Greyhound Athletics site for more information.

If you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19

  • Anyone who is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) or who thinks they have been exposed to the virus via travel or contact with others should call and talk with a medical professional as soon as possible. Call the Health Center at (610) 861-1567 or your personal health care provider before going to the office.
  • Everyone should continue to practice preventive measures such as covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, using social distancing as much as possible, and avoiding contact with sick people. Additional and updated information can be found at Moravian’s Health Alerts page. 

Some Additional Thoughts

  • This was not an easy decision to make, but I feel it is the best one for the health and safety of our college community and is the best path to assure that students can continue toward their academic and career goals. 
  • I would like to thank the teams from across the College who have been working incredibly hard over the last few weeks, and who will keep working hard to make this transition as smooth as possible. 
  • Please continue to monitor the college’s status on our Moravian College website.

Finally, I thank all of you for your patience and understanding. Put simply, Moravian College has never encountered something quite like this. There is no road map that applies to all 5000+ colleges and universities that is perfect for managing a pandemic. 

And even though we are in this together, I recognize that the impact has been and will continue to be uneven. I have enormous faith in this community - your willingness to do your part to keep others safe, your ingenuity and creative solution seeking, and your ability to make the most of a very difficult situation. 

Let’s continue to be compassionate and kind in our interactions with others, and I hope you will continue to put your faith in this College in that we are trying, as we always are, to do the very best for all members of our community!

Be well,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted March 11, 2020

Subject: Change to Residential Visitation Policy

Dear Students,

As of 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, Moravian College will temporarily be changing our residential visitation policy. Students who live on campus won’t be permitted to host non-Moravian visitors in the residence halls during the day or overnight. Please begin adhering to this change as soon as possible.

Visitors are still welcome on our campus in our public spaces, but your residence hall is your home, and we want to limit guests in your home.

We believe this change is necessary to most effectively mitigate risks in our halls concerning COVID-19. Allowing visitors, who are not the primary responsibility of Moravian, to enter our residence halls creates additional health risks for students who live in these spaces.

There are exceptions to this policy. We will continue to allow college-sponsored visitors to stay overnight on campus. For example, if a varsity athletic team is hosting a recruit, those individuals are pre-registered and pre-screened to determine if they bring increased risk to our campus. If there is an elevated risk, that visitor will postpone their visit.

Since my email earlier this afternoon, I’ve been hearing a lot of “rumblings” about St. Patrick’s Day celebrations this weekend. I want to be more clear - registered parties and gatherings are not permitted on campus and will not be approved by the Office of Greek Life. 

I suspect some of you may disagree with these two decisions; but I know I can count on all of you to care for your classmates. We have something special at Moravian; it was here when I was a student and it remains today… we care about each other and our campus. We put aside individual wants to help our friends and our college. We want to be able to remain open throughout the rest of the semester. 

I have heard from many of you that you appreciate that we are keeping the College open at this time; since many colleges are closing. We need to stick together, please do your part by cooperating with these two current changes in policy so that we can ALL remain on campus this spring!

Always a hound,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted: March 11, 2020

Subject: Coronavirus Update 

Dear Campus Community,

Over the last several weeks our response team, administrative staff, and faculty have been monitoring the spread novel Coronavirus COVID-19. Our goal remains the health and well being of our community, while providing an excellent academic experience. During the last several days, conversations have increased in intensity. This note is the most recent update on Moravian College’s plans for the next steps in our responses to COVID-19. 

FACTS, NOT FEAR
We are committed to sharing factual and timely information with the Moravian College community. You can assist in the COVID-19 response by stopping the spread of rumors and avoiding speculation. To that end, today’s email update includes important information about:

  1. Current Status of COVID (on campus and in PA)
  2. Reliable information sources
  3. Taking care of our campus community
  4. Taking care of of yourself

Current Status of COVID:

  • We are not aware of any case associated with members of the Moravian College community.
  • There are still no suspected or confirmed cases in the Lehigh Valley.
  • Per the PA Department of Health on March 11, 2020: there are 13 presumptive positive cases and two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania
  • Moravian College is continuing normal operations to support our academic mission; even as we plan for the possibility that we could be affected on campus at some point in the future. Please pay attention to email announcements and updates on our webpage for additional information. 
  • Our faculty have been encouraged to teach an online course next week. This is one way for us to prepare. This week and early next week, we will work with individual faculty to ensure they are ready for whatever comes next. The benefit of this careful training is that it will serve our faculty and staff now, but also in any circumstance where the faculty or students are unable to physically attend the class in the future.  

Reliable Information Sources:

Taking care of our campus community:

  • We are not cancelling large (100+ person) on-campus events. However, I ask that those large gatherings that could happen through alternative delivery methods be considered. 
    • STUDENTS: I need your help to prevent possible infection by enforcing good social distancing. This means that I am asking you to cancel all parties this weekend (I know it is St. Patrick’s Day, but your health and well-being is more important than one party) and I hope you will continue not hosting parties and large social gatherings through Easter Break. I need your support in this social distancing effort to enable all Moravian students to effectively continue their education and for our seniors to have a great conclusion to their undergraduate college experience.  We are all in this together...and I am calling all Hounds to do their part.
    • FACULTY & STAFF: please consider cancelling all activities that are not critical to the core of our academic mission.
  • We are not cancelling travel off-campus (academic field trips, athletic travel, etc.), but, we do want you to cancel trips that are traveling to areas with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and/or in high population density areas (like New York City). If you have questions about this, please contact your advisor or supervisor.
  • Continue to reinforce the same health habits that helped our community through the mumps outbreak last fall and are also useful during the flu season we are currently experiencing:
    • In general, there are several ways you can increase your chances of remaining healthy. Minimize close contact with others, a precaution that is considered an important measure for slowing contagious diseases. Avoid shaking hands, and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid contact with sick people, and if you are sick, please stay home. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Regularly use the hand sanitizer stations that are in College buildings and dining halls.
  • Dining Facilities:
    • We will temporarily eliminate the self-serve stations (Hometown, Sustainable Table, and Salad Bar) in The Star; members of the dining services team will serve students and guests.
    • Refills using personal travel mugs and cups will not be permitted in dining facilities. 
  • Social Distancing (definition from CDC): Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

Taking care of yourself:

  • Every member of our community should be thinking about their own health and well-being. If you believe you fall into an elevated risk group, please practice social distancing, stay home, and/or do what you believe is necessary to take care of yourself. 
    • Students: If you feel at risk being on campus and attending classes, please contact the Office of Student Success (studentsuccess@moravian.edu) who will work with you to determine a personalized academic plan. 
    • Faculty: If you feel at risk being on campus, please contact the Provost’s Office for assistance.
    • Staff: If you feel at risk being on campus, please contact your supervisor for options.

Last fall, we weathered a different outbreak and came through it stronger and better prepared for the next challenges. The next challenge is here, but we have the experience and an exceptional community willing to help one another through this crisis, and whatever comes next. 

We will continue to monitor this situation very closely and will provide information as things change. Please remember to check for updates on our webpage.

Be well,

Bryon Grigsby
President


Posted: March 6, 2020

Subject: Novel Coronavirus Update 

Dear Moravian Community,

The COVID-19 situation continues to be fluid and many people have questions. In this note we update you on the latest protocols, decisions, and recommendations. 

As we respond to the continuing challenge of this virus, please know that we are committed to the safety and health of the entire community, ensuring the integrity of the academic experience, and providing helpful and supportive guidance to the college community. 

Many in our community are experiencing concerns and fears about COVID-19.  Moravian College has a response team that includes administrators, health-care providers and faculty experts.  The team is actively monitoring the situation and will continue to update the campus regularly.  And we have staff at Moravian who have helped colleges through past health challenges. 

During times such as these, it is also important to take time to reflect on how we treat one another when we feel vulnerable and scared.  On college campuses across the country, students who are from or who are perceived to be from countries with high rates of COVID-19 are being targeted for hostility.  In addition, students and others who have recently traveled overseas, regardless of where they are from, also have found themselves subjected to stigma.  At Moravian College, it is on each of us to make sure that such behavior does not happen here.  

As of now, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Bethlehem.  This is a good time to anticipate how we might react calmly to individuals who appear sick once our community members return from spring break.  Allergy season is upon us, for example, and we need to remind ourselves not to overreact to common cold and allergy symptoms even as we follow recommended preventive precautions in light of COVID-19.  We also need to practice compassion and empathy should members of our community fall ill, and we need to be considerate of those who might be worried about family and friends who are vulnerable. 

The CDC now recommends that all travelers from Italy and other Level Three countries (South Korea, China, Iran) self quarantine upon their return from travels. After careful consideration, we have chosen to invoke the CDC recommendation.  This guidance applies to all faculty, students, and staff who recently traveled to these countries. Please understand that we are not alone in this line of thinking; for example, we have already been contacted by several of our community partners confirming that they, too, are limiting access to their facilities.

We ask that self-quarantined members of the community follow the protocols recommended by CDC and the PA Department of Health

For students who will be under quarantine and those who are curious about our response; the mumps outbreak this fall helped us to prepare for how to assist students who have to be off campus due to potential or real exposure to communicable diseases. The student success team is already working on an academic plan for each student who we know falls into this category.

We are aware that any decision we make will satisfy some members of the community but not others. We ask for your continued patience as we work through this unprecedented situation -- one that is affecting colleges and universities across the globe, not just Moravian College.  

Finally, we hope that this global issue will not affect your thoughts about traveling internationally in the future.  There is so much to see and do in the world, and Moravian College hopes that you will embrace your role as citizens of the world.

Sincerely,

Bryon Grigsby


Posted March 4, 2020

Subject: COVID19 Follow-up Message on travel

Dear Moravian Community,

As you know, Moravian College is closely monitoring the global spread of the COVID-19 virus and the College is taking steps to prepare for the students’ return to campus from spring break and planning for the rest of the semester. These steps are intended to secure everyone’s health and well-being.  Our highest priority is to minimize risk and exposure of members of our campus community.

On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended that colleges and universities cancel upcoming exchange and travel abroad programs due to the COVID-19 virus. Moravian College has decided to follow this recommendation:  all upcoming study abroad is cancelled through the end of May term (upcoming study abroad programs include: Cities of Europe, Greece, Spain, and Japan). We will re-evaluate towards the end of the Spring semester as to whether we will extend the cancellation to any other travel in the coming months.

Local and federal response recommendations concerning the virus continue to evolve. We will do our best to keep you informed and up-to-date, always with concern for your well-being. 

Also, we are mindful of the potential stigmatization of students and colleagues who are from, or who are perceived to be from, affected countries and of students who recently traveled internationally during the spring break.  Moravian College is enriched by our diverse population and by the experiences our students and faculty gain during international travel, and we remind the community to uphold our commitments to diversity and inclusion.

Students, please contact your professor and the Center for Global Education with your questions and/or concerns about study abroad plans. We are committed to your global education! Remember, this is a temporary and short-term measure. Students currently enrolled in May term programs will be allowed to participate in the program next year. And of course, there will be other opportunities in the future for study abroad.

Also, we ask that all Moravian employees and students who are planning to travel, or have travelled on your own, to take precautions to remain safe and keep our community members safe. I recommend that you check in with the Moravian College Health Center to understand what you must do in order to return safely to campus. And if you have recently travelled on your own to areas at high risk, please let the Health Center know and take their advice regarding your well being. 

Be sure to follow the guidance of CDC and the Bethlehem Health Bureau

  • Also, generally, continue to follow good health practices:
  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.

It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Cynthia Kosso
Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Moravian College
1200 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018


Posted March 3, 2020

Subject: Novel Coronavirus Update (SPRING BREAK NOTICE)

This is an update to the message sent on February 25 regarding the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak. At this time, there are NO suspected cases on our campus or in the Bethlehem area. 

Spring Break is in process and a number of students and faculty are traveling. We are aware of reports that the coronavirus has spread to other countries and continue to monitor the situation.  

If you choose to travel, the CDC recommends the following:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
    • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

Students traveling from Italy will be screened upon leaving Italy. In addition:

  • Students coming from Florence will be asked to self quarantine.
  • Students coming from Rome will not, unless something changes between now and Thursday (3/5). Nursing students will still be subject to the rules of any hospitals that they may need to visit in the next few weeks and should self disclose their travel.

At this time, the CDC has only recommended screening individuals returning from China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran. However, the Coronavirus has expanded to more countries, including the US and is now present and expanding into many states. As the situation evolves, the College may need to screen individuals returning from other countries in accordance with updated CDC Travel Guidelines.

All travelers will be asked to follow CDC guidelines for taking care of and monitoring their health.

Thank you,

Bryon L. Grigsby
President


Posted February 25, 2020

Novel Coronavirus Update (SPRING BREAK NOTICE)

This is an update to the message sent on February 5 regarding the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak. At this time, there are NO suspected cases on our campus or in the Bethlehem area.

Spring Break is upon us and for some, that means travel. We are aware of reports that the coronavirus has spread to other countries and continue to monitor the situation.  

If you choose to travel, the CDC recommends the following:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
    • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.

At this time, the CDC has only recommended screening for individuals returning from China and South Korea. However, as the situation evolves, the College may need to screen individuals returning from other countries in accordance with updated CDC Travel Guidelines

We will continue to communicate with the entire campus community if/when CDC guidelines change. 

Thank you,

STEPHANIE DILLMAN RN BSN
Moravian College Health Center Coordinator
250 W. Laurel St
Bethlehem, Pa 18018
(ph) 610.861.1566
(fax) 610-625-7899
dillmans@Moravian.edu


Posted February 5, 2020

Community Health Information: Coronavirus

The College has been monitoring the recent coronavirus outbreak since it was first reported and has been in communication with the Bethlehem Health Bureau. At this time, there are no suspected cases reported on campus or in the Bethlehem area. 

What is the College doing?

  • Screening all individuals visiting the Moravian College Health Center for recent international travel.
  • Communicating directly with those individuals who may have been in China recently (such as those home for Winter Break).
  • Continuing to partner with the Bethlehem Health Bureau to ensure awareness and implementation of Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines as they evolve.

What should I do?

If you recently traveled to China and have not already received direct communication from the College about the coronavirus, please reach out to the Moravian College Health Center.

If you begin to experience symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), contact the Moravian College Health Center or a local Emergency Room immediately.

The CDC has not recommended any additional precautions for the general public at this time. Everybody should continue to practice everyday preventive action to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water or using 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
  • Get a flu vaccine

Is there a coronavirus vaccine?

There is not currently a vaccine for the coronavirus but we want to remind everyone of the importance of getting the flu vaccine. The CDC reports that, in the United States, the flu is currently a far bigger threat to public health than the coronavirus.

Up-to-date information about the current outbreak can be found on the CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html


Posted: September 17, 2019
Updated: December 5, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

December 5, 2019

Hi All,

Great news… 

The Bethlehem Health Bureau has “closed out” our mumps case which means OUR MUMPS OUTBREAK IS OVER!!!

But, it IS FLU SEASON, so please continue to practice good health habits! 

Best wishes on the end of classes and final exams!

Be well,

STEPHANIE DILLMAN RN BSN
Moravian College Health Center Coordinator
250 W. Laurel St
Bethlehem, Pa 18018
healthcenter@moravian.edu
(ph) 610.861.1566
(fax) 610.625.7899