Summary of SU COVID-19 Response
South University is working in collaboration with local and national authorities to monitor the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. The University continues to implement the Emergency Preparedness Plan to reflect the changing COVID-19 situation for our locations and has instituted a number of scenarios to protect the health and safety of the South University community.
Summary of Activity:
- February 28, 2020: South University communicated with all students, faculty and staff that the University is monitoring the COVID-19 situation in collaboration with local and national authorities and instructed all to practice CDC preventive measures.
- March 2, 2020: South University launched a section on the main website dedicated to COVID-19 University announcements to keep the South community up-to-date: https://www.southuniversity.edu/about/coronavirus-info-resources
- March 9, 2020: South University disseminated the South University Emergency Preparedness Plan to University and Campus Leadership to utilize if a situation were to occur at a University location. Talking points were also disseminated to staff members regarding the University’s response to COVID-19.
- March 11, 2020: Students at the VA Beach campus self-reported possible exposure to someone who was being tested for COVID-19 through their employment at nearby healthcare facilities. The University closed this campus for cleaning at the direction of the Virginia Department of Health and recommended that those students self-quarantine for 14 days. All classes moved from on-ground to a virtual teaching format through the end of winter quarter at this campus.
- March 12, 2020: A student at the Tampa campus self-reported contact with a patient who had a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. The student was instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days. The Tampa campus cancelled classes on Friday, March 13, and all classes moved from on-ground to a virtual teaching format through the end of winter quarter at this campus. The University worked with the Hillsborough County Department of Health to clean the facilities.
- March 13, 2020: Chancellor Steve Yoho provided an update to all faculty and staff regarding the situations at the Tampa and Virginia Beach campuses, as well as informing all that no confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been reported at any of the campus locations. He reiterated the CDC’s recommendations of preventive measures to follow to prevent the spread of illness. All international university-sponsored travel was suspended until further notice, along with community events planned on campuses for the remainder of winter quarter.
- March 15, 2020: Chancellor Steve Yoho notified all campus-based students, faculty and staff that on-ground classes would move to a virtual learning format through the end of winter quarter. On-ground classes were cancelled on Monday, March 16, and rescheduled once this transition took place at the Austin, Columbia, Montgomery, Richmond, Savannah and West Palm Beach campuses and the High Point and Orlando Learning Sites.
- March 18, 2020: The University shared an FAQ regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and alerted all South University community members that the University remains committed to supporting the needs of students, faculty and staff during this unusual time.
- March 20, 2020: Chancellor Steve Yoho shared a message with the South University community that the University continues to operate and fulfill the educational mission and that the University will continue to offer support in this crisis.
- March 24, 2020: Chancellor Announcement of Spring quarter to be held through the virtual remote format SouthVR. SouthVR will provide students with real-time interaction with both instructors and classmates. In addition, faculty and program directors will hold virtual office hours, provide video tutoring, and schedule one-on-one meetings to further support our students. https://www.southuniversity.edu/about/south-vr
As the circumstances around the country continue to evolve, please know that South University considers your health and safety a top priority. We hope that you and your family stay safe and that we are confident that together we will continue your education and maintain a focus on preparing you for your future career opportunities.
Resources for Students
- China travel message
- State Department Travel Advisories
- Centers for Disease Control Travel Health Notices
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a coronavirus?
What do I do if I feel sick?
Students showing symptoms should schedule an appointment with their Primary Care Provider or call local hospital for guidance. All others please contact your community healthcare provider.
I’m planning to travel in the coming weeks. What should I do?
What is South University doing to prepare in case there are instances of coronavirus on campus?
South University has plans in place to address emergencies, including those resulting from infectious diseases. University Administration will continue to provide updates on any health concerns that could affect our University and will provide further guidance if the situation changes.