Update: March 19
To the Malone University Community,
On March 15, I shared the news that a person who interacts with some members of our community was encouraged by their physician to get tested for the Coronavirus. I’m pleased to report that those tests were conducted and the tests were negative, the person does not have the Coronavirus. There are no confirmed cases in our campus community.
We will continue to adhere to the direction of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) when making operational decisions. Thank you for doing all you are doing to keep each other safe.
We thank God’s grace for this good news and ask for continued prayers for all members of our community.
Task Force forming to discuss alternative end of the year celebrations
Members of the Collegium today established a task force to think carefully and creatively about alternative ways to celebrate the end of the academic year in an attempt to lessen the grief over the cancellation of Commencement and other senior capstone experiences. Dr. King will be reaching out to faculty and staff to serve and the task force will be announced in the days ahead. The intent is to recognize graduating seniors as well as establish ways for members of the community to celebrate together in a manner that is consistent with the restrictions established by the Center for Disease Control and state and local health officials. More information will be shared as soon as it becomes available.
More information about bookstore returns
Students are encouraged to return any physical rentals they have finished using to the Campus Store before they leave campus. If students have already left campus, they can contact the Campus Store to arrange a return. The store will be open until March 27th and then again starting May 1st for end of semester rental returns.
In light of the ongoing disruption to on-campus learning, the Campus Store has partnered with, VitalSource, and leading publishers to launch VitalSource Helps, a program offering free access to ebooks for students who may have lost access to course materials with the rapid move to distance learning. Visit here to access up to seven free ebooks through May 25. VitalSource Helps provides access to tens of thousands of ebooks. Some content may not be available so students should check availability before returning their rental materials to the Campus Store.
Acquiring technology and equipment to facilitate working remotely
Please be patient as our colleagues in Information Technology work mightily to meet the needs of those who will work remotely. We have prioritized requests from students and faculty to ensure that online instruction could move forward. The staff is turning now to staff requests and moving as quickly as possible. In some instances, equipment must be acquired from external sources. That creates a schedule beyond our control. Please work closely with your supervisor and plan to continue to work on campus until the necessary equipment and technology is secured to facilitate your move to working remotely.