Update: March 17

To the Malone University Community,

Based on new restrictions and direction provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which extends restrictions on group interactions for eight more weeks, we have made the following decisions related to our operations and services to our students:

  1. The move to only online learning will continue through the end of the Spring Semester.    
  2. We are asking students in residence to move home by Tuesday, March 31. Those students who have a need to stay in residence will be asked to petition through their Residence Hall Director to stay in campus housing and Student Development will work with each student who needs special accommodations.
  3. Students who have already moved home are encouraged to return to campus to retrieve personal belongings by March 31. Student Development will provide additional information in the days ahead which will describe the process and schedule for the removal of personal items to ensure that it is accomplished in a safe and orderly manner consistent with advice from the CDC for limiting interaction.
  4. Refunds for room and board charges will be processed near the end of the Spring Semester when direction and guidance from the Department of Education is made available. More information will be shared near the end of the term.
  5. Decisions about Commencement and related activities will be made very soon and communicated to seniors and their families.
  6. Beginning Monday, March 23, and until further notice, faculty and staff will be permitted to work from home provided they have the technology and access to do so effectively and after conversation with and approval from their supervisor. 

These decisions reflect thoughtful discussion and consensus in our Response Task Force deliberations. We are blessed to be served by colleagues on the Task Force and beyond who embody Malone’s character and a desire to act thoughtfully and not precipitously, not out of fear but out of loving concern for our students and our colleagues. We are caring for students by continuing to provide safe housing, food, and services for those who need it. For other resident students, we are giving an extended timeline so that families are not forced to scramble to find a way to get here and clear out their son's or daughter’s room. For all, we are striving in every virtual classroom to provide high-touch, high-quality instruction, even in the middle of this most challenging national moment in our lifetimes.

We will continue to monitor the direction and advice presented by the CDC, World Health Organization, state health officials, and the executive orders from Governor Mike DeWine in alignment with our core values and care for our students.

Please continue to visit www.malone.edu/coronavirus for daily updates and more information.

TUESDAY, MARCH 17, PRESIDENT'S OFFICE