Update: March 18

To the Malone University community, 

In today’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Team meeting the following topics were discussed in response to questions from the campus community:

  1. Plans for Commencement and other senior capstone events.
  2. Access to campus buildings and modifications to operations of the Regula Café and newly renovated Emma’s.
  3. Opportunities for families to utilize campus housing for an overnight stay as students and families move their belongings from the residence halls before March 31.

We continue to stay engaged in conversation regarding the best path forward for the Malone University community and will address questions and issues as they arise.

Thank you for your continued patience as we bring about changes to our operations to support members of our community.

Please continue to visit this page for daily updates and more information including the “points of contact” link for your questions.

David King

President

With instruction continuing on-line through the end of the semester and students being asked to move home before March 31, what decisions have been made about Commencement and other senior capstone experiences like the Research Symposium, Bible/Theology Salt & Light Service, Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Student-Athlete Awards Banquet, and Senior Recognition event, among others?

Due to restrictions announced by the CDC in recent days, our May 8 & 9 Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises, as well as the senior milestone events noted above, will not take place as planned. This is a very sad result of the Coronavirus outbreak. Dr. King is convening an additional task force to develop alternative Commencement and senior capstone experience scenarios to ensure that we do all we can to recognize our graduating seniors. The charge to the task force will be developed by Collegium in a meeting this week and work will begin. Information will be communicated as decisions are made.

How have recent decisions about extending the period of on-line learning and the move to remove working for faculty and staff altered access to campus buildings?

The Cattell Library will be card swipe access-only beginning Monday, March 23. A small Mac Lab will be put into the library and the computer lab there will remain open during operating hours throughout. The newly renovated Emma’s will remain open until March 27, Founders and Osborne Halls remain open until March 31. The bookstore will be open through Friday, March 27 and may go to reduced hours after that date. The Regula Café will close today for the remainder of the semester. All other buildings will be locked, but available to employees through existing key access. 

How have operations been changed for the Dining Commons, Emma’s, and Regula?

Regula is closing today, March 18, for the rest of the semester. Emma’s will remain open on its current schedule through Friday, March 27. That schedule is 7:30 a.m. until noon and 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will continue to monitor the needs of the students remaining on campus, and make and communicate decisions about services through the Dining Commons. We do anticipate reducing services based on the reduced number of students on campus. The remaining students will receive a meal plan adjustment in acknowledgement of reduced services. However, this has not yet been determined and will be based on each individual student’s account. 

My family is driving a long distance to help me move me home. Is it possible to secure a room for a night prior to our travel home?

Yes, based on availability. Student Development is happy to work with individual families to make this process as comfortable as possible. Call 330-471-8273 to discuss availability and make arrangements. A reminder that students have until Tuesday, March 31 to move out of residence halls and can petition to stay in residence through their Residence Hall Director.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, PRESIDENT'S OFFICE