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Concordia University, St. Paul has canceled all face-to-face classes and transitioned all face-to-face classes to an online format through the remainder of the spring term. The health and well-being of our campus community is our top priority and the adjustments we have made are in support of all of our current and future Golden Bears.
We are grateful for the infrastructure to carry on our classes for the benefit of all our students and we want you to know that while our campus has physically closed, our faculty, staff, and resources are still here and available to you.
Concordia University, St. Paul has made the difficult decision to cancel its Spring 2020 Commencement, which had been scheduled for May 1-2, 2020, due to the continuing global crisis of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The health of our students, faculty and staff and our responsibility and integrity to the surrounding community is the foundation for our final decision. We appreciate your continued patience and pray for your health and well-being.
The following note from President Friedrich was sent out to the Class of 2020 graduating students:
Greetings from Concordia University, St. Paul where we celebrate that “in Christ, we are a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
It is with great sadness that Concordia University, St. Paul has regrettably made the very difficult decision not to hold the previously scheduled May 2020 commencement ceremonies. I am heartbroken that we must do this. As I have talked to dozens of faculty and staff since arriving at CSP, I’ve been told again and again that commencement is the most inspiring event they have experienced during their service here. I was looking forward to congratulating you, and with the entire CSP community, celebrating your accomplishments.
Commencement is an important milestone in one’s educational journey, a time of pride and joy, where families, friends and the entire University community celebrates and recognizes publicly the remarkable achievements of you, our graduates. We are truly sorry we cannot proceed as we had hoped, however, the health and well-being of you, your family and friends was paramount in our decision.
As you are well aware, things have changed rapidly during the past few days and are likely to continue to do so. Many of you have dealt with an abrupt end to your academic and co-curricular experience. For that, we apologize and hurt with you. We appreciate how difficult, confusing and life-altering this has been and will continue to be. We must follow federal guidelines that now limit public gatherings to no more than 10 people for the next three months in order to do all we can to support the common good of our community and nation. We do not want to jeopardize the health of anyone.
We are currently working on alternative options for graduates to participate in future commencement ceremonies if they choose to do so, and I pray you will. As plans are made and details put in place, we will communicate with you. In the meantime, please know that you are in my prayers. May these words from God’s Word bless you today: “Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9, NLT).
Rev. Dr. Brian L. Friedrich
Concordia University, St. Paul has canceled all face-to-face classes scheduled on Friday, March 13 and will transition all face-to-face classes to an online format beginning Monday, March 16 through the remainder of the spring term.
The University Crisis Response Team has been monitoring the situation regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for the past several weeks. The situation is fluid and changing by the hour, and our team has been dedicated to discussing and making decisions in the best interest of CSP’s students, faculty, staff, and the entire campus community for the best course of action.
The core of our decision-making is maintaining the continuity of the educational experience. The health, safety, and academic well-being of our students is our top priority.
Please be aware that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the CSP community. University officials are continuing to monitor the situation on a daily basis in collaboration with the CDC, Minnesota Department of Health and regional health care agencies.
All campus-sponsored events, including lectures and fine and performing arts events, have been suspended until the end of the semester. CSP Honors Convocation and Research and Scholarship Symposium will be moved online. CSP will continue to evaluate the spring commencement ceremonies and will communicate further with those students.
All CSP athletic activities have also been suspended as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) announced the suspension of all athletic activities for each of its 16-member institutions. All NSIC contests are suspended immediately. The league will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and will make a determination on the remainder of the academic year later this month.
Residence Halls and dining services will remain open through next Friday (March 20). All residential students will receive an email from Residence Life with further information.
Students with questions about internships, student teaching, and clinic placement should contact their supervisors.
Campus Ministry will continue during regular Chapel hours via Facebook Live. Student services will be available online.
Faculty and staff will receive additional information from the Director of Human Resources shortly. Students working on campus will be contacted by their supervisors.
The health and well-being of our campus community remain our main priority and we are grateful for the infrastructure to carry on our classes for the benefit of our on-campus students.
The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general US public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.
Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:
There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Currently, 2019-nCoV has not been found to be spreading in the U.S., so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take.
Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses: