Dear Students, Staff, Faculty, and Friends,
The swiftly evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus has been a cause of serious concern for University leadership. Nothing is more important to us than the health, wellness, and safety of each of you. With that in mind, we have been carefully monitoring the Center for Disease Control (CDC) briefings in real-time, finishing contingency plans, and consulting extensively with public health officials in both Atlanta and Chattanooga.
From the information available and medical expertise shared with us, the best course of action at this stage is a preventative one that minimizes the risk of exposure to COVID-19 on our campus or at our counseling centers. Here is how we will achieve it:
Starting Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th, all in-person, on-campus instruction, counseling, and administrative work activities will be suspended for a two-week period. The University leadership plans to resume in-person activity at both campuses on March 30th. During that time, we will vigilantly monitor further developments and counsel from the CDC.
During this temporary suspension of campus activity, course instruction, learning support, tele-counseling, and administration will move to an online platform and be done remotely from home. Students should experience minimal to no interruption of services. Faculty and staff will be equipped with the capabilities to continue to work effectively. Our Hope, Henegar, and Trauma counseling centers will also continue through tele-counseling outreach.
The Deans of the School of Counseling and the School of Ministry will coordinate communication to students with faculty providing detailed instructions on accessing course material through CAMS and answering any other academic questions. Similarly, you will also receive supporting communications from the Vice-President for Information Technology, as well as a virtual wellness check from our Dean of Students.
For counseling center clinicians, student interns, and support staff, you will receive further instructions on working remotely as well as trainings for tele-counseling from the Dean of Clinical Affairs or the Dean of the Richmont Trauma Center.
In shifting from an interpersonal to an online modality for the next two weeks, we understand there will be questions and some challenges. Feel free to direct them to the Deans, their staff and faculties, or the Dean of Students. For this reason, we will also keep in regular communication to share news and updates.
May God keep you and bless our University,
Dr. Timothy Quinnan
Richmont Graduate University