COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information For the Jacksonville University community
Current University Information About COVID-19
At this time, there are no known cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) among members of the Jacksonville University community, and we do not believe that there is any immediate risk to our campus.
The University has assembled an experienced team of senior leaders with a wide range of expertise in human health, safety, communications, facilities, technology and student support. This team is meeting daily to monitor the evolving situation and implement guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and our state and local health departments.
Jacksonville University is moving all classroom instruction online for the remainder of the spring semester, beginning March 16, and continuing through the end of Summer I on June 20. Read the full announcement.
All events on campus are canceled until further notice. Commencement exercises have been postponed.
Students are now strongly encouraged to return home to their families as they complete this semester online. We recognize there may be barriers that prevent some students from returning home, particularly students from cities and countries with widespread community outbreaks. Therefore, students have the option to stay on campus. You should know that we will relocate all remaining students to a residence hall on the south end of campus, while still maintaining the recommended social distancing protocol. This allows us to better position resources and residential space on campus in the unlikely event we must respond to any COVID-19 cases on our campus. Read more about the changes to housing.
As a precaution, Jacksonville University is taking the following steps in accordance with CDC travel guidance:
If you have traveled internationally in the past two weeks or plan to travel internationally -- particularly to a country under a Level 3 Travel Health Notice -- please fill out our online form immediately. Anyone returning to the US from these areas is asked to quarantine themselves at home for 14 days, starting on the day they return. For more guidance on how and when to self-quarantine, please visit www.ju.edu/coronavirus.
City of Jacksonville
Mayor Lenny Curry issued an executive order, effective March 24, requiring any employees who can work from home to do so, and requiring that employees who cannot work from home remain at least six feet apart as much as possible.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:
- shortness of breath
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that symptoms of COVID-19 appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days after exposure.
If you have any symptoms at all, please stay home.
How do I know if I have COVID-19?
COVID-19 and flu symptoms can be similar. To be at risk for COVID-19, symptom onset would have to be within 14 days of travel from an affected area OR within 14 days of close contact with a person who is under investigation for COVID-19 while that person was ill.
If you are at risk, stay home and isolate yourself from other people and pets. Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, or other social gatherings until 14 days after the date of your departure from the country in question. Follow these guidelines for self-isolation:
- Report any symptoms of COVID-19 immediately to Student Affairs at email@example.com.
- Stay in your room or apartment. Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, or other social or religious gatherings until 14 days after your exposure.
- Limit contact as much as possible. This also means limiting contact with persons living in your residence.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve or a tissue. Never cough in the direction of someone else.
- Wash your hands with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rubs after coughing or sneezing or throwing a used tissue in the garbage.
- Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items until you are no longer asked to self-isolate.
- Keep your surroundings clean. If you live in a dormitory, facilities will clean common areas, but it is up to residents to keep their own living spaces clean. While the virus is not spread very well from contact with soiled household surfaces, try to clean surfaces that you share with others, such as door knobs, telephones, and bathroom surfaces (or any other object that you sneeze or cough on), with a standard household disinfectant such as Clorox wipes. Wash your hands after cleaning the area.
What do I do if I think I have Coronavirus Disease 2019?
The CDC recommends you call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Your healthcare professional will work with Florida’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
What do I do if I think someone else has Coronavirus Disease 2019?
If you know someone experiencing symptoms, please urge them to contact the Duval County Health Department at 904-253-1850 and Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.
What is the treatment for coronavirus?
People infected with COVID-19 receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 7:33 p.m.
Consistent with new guidance issued by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis today, Jacksonville University is extending the period of online teaching and learning for the remainder of the Spring semester and through the first Summer term, ending June 20th, as we practice social distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For highly specialized fields with applied learning requirements, such as aviation, the fine arts, graduate and undergraduate health care programs and orthodontics, Provost Sapienza and the Academic Affairs team are working closely with Deans and program directors to develop a safe path forward for students to continue their training. As decisions are finalized in the coming days, the University will communicate next steps with students, faculty and staff.
Students are now strongly encouraged to return home to their families as they complete this semester online. We recognize there may be barriers that prevent some students from returning home, particularly students from cities and countries with widespread community outbreaks. Therefore, students have the option to stay on campus. You should know that we will relocate all remaining students to a residence hall on the south end of campus, while still maintaining the recommended social distancing protocol. This allows us to better position resources and residential space on campus in the unlikely event we must respond to any COVID-19 cases on our campus.
The University recognizes the inconvenience this decision may cause our students and their families. We have calculated the estimated savings from variable costs per student and have decided to go beyond our contractual obligations, in the spirit of good faith, by offering a special room and board credit to students who choose to move out of the residence halls. Residential Life will send an email with more instructions on this special credit, check-out procedures and options for collecting personal belongings left in the residence halls.
The decision being announced today to complete the spring 2020 academic term fully online means that several traditionally on-campus events will be postponed. To help keep everyone safe and healthy, we are announcing today that the commencement exercises currently scheduled for April 23 (graduate) and April 25 (undergraduate) are postponed. We wanted you to know this information as soon as the decision was made. While we understand this is disappointing to many of our seniors and their families, the health and safety of everyone on our campus comes first, and we are hard at work creating a memorable celebration of the Class of 2020 at a later date for students who choose to participate. More details will be forthcoming.
As students complete their spring studies remotely, the University has also activated online access to services that support students, including tutoring, advising and mental health counseling. For a full list of these resources, how to access them and where to direct questions, please visit this webpage. The University will also host a virtual town hall with senior leaders and experts via Blackboard Thursday at Noon.
For general questions related to the University’s COVID-19 precautions and how they impact you, please email CareTeam@ju.edu. We have a team of professionals from various areas of campus ready to assist you.
Jacksonville University is taking this global pandemic very seriously, and encourages you to do the same. Your safety comes first in everything we do. Let us also practice respect and compassion for our neighbors and colleagues, as we all navigate tremendous uncertainty in the weeks ahead.
For reliable, up-to-date information, visit:
- Florida Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Overview
- World Health Organization