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May 14, 2020

Dear University of Holy Cross family,

I pray that you and your loved ones are healthy, safe, and well. Our prayers are with all members of our UHC community as we continue with the COVID-19 pandemic. We are saddened by the loss of life in our region and wish a quick recovery for those who are sick. We continue to be hopeful that the virus and its impact will abate at the earliest possible time.

Many thanks to the faculty and staff for their tremendous work pivoting the University online in March as the outbreak rapidly escalated. Because of you, the University remains open online and the Spring semester continued with teaching and learning for the education of our students, who demonstrated outstanding adaptability and perseverance to move forward with their coursework.

Congratulations and heartfelt love to our graduates! We are proud of you and are happy to share during these past few weeks your photos and personal testimonials with the world via the University’s social media channels. Tune in this Sunday, May 17, at noon to the UHC YouTube Channel at YouTube.com/UniversityofHolyCross for a special celebration of our graduates and awards presentations. We look forward to having an in-person Commencement Ceremony when it is again safe to have large gatherings.

The Mayor of New Orleans has announced that the Stay Home Order for the City will transition to Phase One: Safest at Home. (Please note that the Stay Home Order may be reactivated by the City at any time; there are four sequential phases for the City of New Orleans following the Stay Home Order.) Per the City’s Phase One guidance: “Continue to stay home except for essential needs and other permitted activities on a limited basis. People who can effectively work from home should continue to do so. When criteria are met, the City may ease restrictions and progress to phase two.”

To be clear, the University of Holy Cross is open virtually through remote instruction and online operations. The UHC Summer session courses will be almost exclusively online.

The first Summer session begins May 26 and online registration is going on now. To register for both Summer and Fall 2020 classes, click this link: https://selfserve.uhcno.edu/SELFSERVICE/Home.aspx

With the City’s transition from the Stay Home Order to Phase One, the UHC physical campus will transition from critical access to limited access. Accordingly, the University will continue to operate online and per the plan for the Summer session online.

Limited access to campus will begin May 18 with the following protocols. This access is for UHC faculty and staff only:

  • In-and-out, as needed presence on the physical campus to obtain necessary items to continue work online
  • In-and-out, as needed presence on the physical campus to perform duties and functions to continue work online
  • Access for faculty and staff will be available Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
  • Entry at Gate C only
  • Sign-in and sign-out at Gate C
  • Temperature check at Gate C
  • Masks are to be worn; individuals may remove masks while by themselves in private rooms with the door closed
  • Access to buildings via swipe card doors (Please note that door alarms will be active.)
  • All individuals practice physical distancing
  • No gatherings of individuals
  • When using restrooms, masks are to be worn and handwashing done per CDC guidance
  • Drinking fountains will not be accessible

Thank you to the UHC maintenance, facilities, and campus safety personnel for deep cleaning and disinfecting the campus to prepare us for this limited access phase. Their work will be critically important for continuous cleaning and disinfecting as individuals access the physical campus.

Residents in the Residence Hall who have personal items remaining in their rooms will be contacted by the Director of Residence Life regarding move-out scheduling and procedures.

Also, please remember to leave a voice message when calling UHC office telephone numbers. While office telephone numbers are being rerouted, it is important to leave a voice message with the callback telephone number.

University Communications and the Office of the President are the official sources of information regarding University operations. Regularly check University Communications, the uhcno.edu web site, UHC email, and social media for updates.

May God bless you, your loved ones, and our entire UHC family. Thank you.

Spes Unica,

Stanton F. McNeely III, Ed.D
President
University of Holy Cross


Additional Information:

If you get sick (including a fever, cough, or trouble breathing) you should take the following actions:

  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room.
  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

Please adhere to safe health practices to reduce your risk for infection from this and many other infectious diseases:

  • Wash your hands often (using soap and water for at least 20 seconds), especially after you have touched someone who is sick. If soap and water are not available, then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms, make sure to cover your coughs and sneezes by using the crook of your arm or disposable tissues. If you use disposable tissues, throw them away after use and then wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid sharing drinks with others.
  • Maintain a balanced diet, exercise, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you think you are sick, call your healthcare provider for assistance.

Additional prevention techniques can be found at the CDC site on prevention.


May 13, 2020


May 12, 2020

CARES Act Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund?
A. Federal funding that has been entrusted to higher education institutions in order to provide emergency grant funds to eligible students that experienced a financial hardship caused by the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. The University of Holy Cross has signed and returned the certification agreement and will use the 50% mandated as emergency financial aid grants to students. The school has received $354,343 for emergency financial aid grants and has disbursed $231,425 as of 5/11/2020. The university has identified 937 students who may be eligible. So far, the university has sent relief to 724 students.

Q. Who is eligible to receive emergency funds?
A. Per the U.S. Department of Education, eligible students are those who filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or who are eligible to file a FAFSA. Please submit a FAFSA to the university to determine eligibility.

Q. Who is not eligible to receive CARES Act emergency funds?
A. Per the U.S. Department of Education, international, dual credit, non-U.S. citizen students and students enrolled exclusively in online courses prior to March 13, 2020 are not eligible for CARES Act funding.

Q. How much will eligible students receive?
A. The amount provided to each student will vary depending on their EFC (Expected Family Contribution) obtained from the FAFSA, hours enrolled for Spring 2020, and funding availability. The amounts range based on those criteria from $500-$50.

Q. How long will it take to receive my funds after the application is completed?
A. Students will receive an email notification once the funds have been released. It could take up to 2-3 business days after funds are released to receive the funds.

Q. What are the funds used for?
A. Funds are used to assist with expenses related to COVID-19 such as healthcare, childcare, technology, food, and housing.

For questions, please e-mail finaid@uhcno.edu


April 23, 2020


April 17, 2020

Summer 2020 Online

For the health and safety of University of Holy Cross students, faculty, and staff, as well as their families, the UHC Summer session courses will be almost exclusively online. The first Summer session begins on May 26, 2020 and online registration is going on now. 

To register for both Summer and Fall 2020 classes, click this link:
https://selfserve.uhcno.edu/SELFSERVICE/Home.aspx

University of Holy Cross Student Emergency Aid Form
This fund assists students who are dealing with unexpected circumstances such as loss of job, medical expenses, etc. The fund is to assist with urgent and essential needs due to the interruptions caused by COVID – 19. 
To apply for the emergency aid, please click this link:
https://forms.gle/Sppmo55sotkSQNxe7

Calling Office Telephone Numbers
Please remember to leave a voice message when calling UHC office telephone numbers. While office telephone numbers are being rerouted, it is important to leave a voice message with the callback telephone number.


April 9, 2020


April 6, 2020

Q:  Will we still have our Easter break?
A:  Yes!  Classes will not be held on April 9-13, 2020.

Q:  Will face-to-face classes continue to be taught online for the rest of the semester?
A:  Yes! 

Q:  What if I cannot complete the Spring 2020 courses in which I am currently enrolled?
A:  You may ask your instructor for an incomplete (I grade).  The deadline for completion of coursework with an I grade has been extended to the end of the Fall 2020 semester. 
Note: The I grade procedure is as follows.  Send an email to your instructor requesting a final grade of I (Incomplete).  Giving an I grade is at the discretion of the instructor.  If the I grade is an appropriate course of action, your instructor will respond, telling you what must be completed and giving you a timeline for doing so.  The instructor will send a copy of the communication to the chair of the department.  If your course instructor does not return after the Spring semester, the chair will be responsible for posting a letter grade when your work has been completed.  If you do not complete your coursework before the extended deadline (December 2020), your final grade will become an F.  So please keep track of the time limitation!


Q:  What if I paid to live in the Residence Hall this semester but had to evacuate?
A:  The University will apply a prorated credit against your Fall 2020 Residence Hall fees.  The Director of Housing, Christin Hebert, will address any questions you have and can be reached at chebert@uhcno.edu or 504-398-2126.

Q:   What’s going to happen to the balance of my Bayou Bucks for this semester?
A:   Unused Bayou Bucks for the Spring 2020 semester will be rolled over to the end of the Fall 2020 semester.  If you are a graduating senior and not returning for the Fall 2020 semester, you may request a refund by emailing the Bursar’s Office at bursar@uhcno.edu.

Q:  What if I or someone else in my family or community needs counseling?
A: The University, through the Thomas E. Chambers Counseling and Training Center, is offering free counseling via telecounseling.  Interested persons may contact the Counseling Center at (504) 398-2168 Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Q:  What if I need tutoring support?
A:  Tutoring is available online through the Center for Teaching and Learning in mathematics and writing.  Interested students may contact Courtnei Franco at cfranco@uhcno.edu or 504-398-2123.

Q:  What if I want to access Library resources or need help from a librarian?
A: Electronic resources, including eBooks, can be accessed via the Library home page at http://uhcno.edu/library/.When prompted for a username and password, use the same one you use for your UHC email. University librarians may be contacted by email or by phone. Check the Personnel link on the Library home page. 

Q:  What if I need technology support?
A: You may submit a Help Desk ticket to trackit@uhcno.edu or call 504-398-2106. 


April 3, 2020

The University of Holy Cross continues to monitor the situation involving the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Yesterday, the State of Louisiana extended the Stay-at-Home order until at least April 30th; large gatherings continue to be prohibited. Additionally, the venue for UHC Commencement exercises discontinued the agreement for the ceremony scheduled for May. 

Because UHC Commencement is a large gathering, the Commencement Mass and Commencement Ceremony are postponed until such a time that large gatherings are again permitted.  

The Commencement Committee is exploring a variety of alternatives for the Mass and the Ceremony. Degrees will be conferred at the end of the Spring semester as is normally done following the Summer semester in August and the Fall semester in December.  These alternatives are for the Commencement Mass previously scheduled for May 16th and the Commencement Ceremony previously scheduled  for May 17th. 

More information will be provided as the government changes the limit on gatherings. 


April 2, 2020



We are deeply saddened to hear the news that a nursing alumna, Larrice Anderson '08, has passed away from Covid-19. She was on the front lines of this pandemic at a New Orleans East Hospital and died saving other people's lives. She truly lived the mission and values of the University of Holy Cross. Below is short video of President McNeely offering some words to our alumni, alumnae and UHC family at this time.


March 28, 2020


March 24, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, & Staff:  Your University of Holy Cross Financial Aid Department is working with the appropriate state and federal agencies to determine flexibility due to enrollment disruptions from COVID-19 that may result in an “I” grade or leave of absence.  We will share this information with students as further guidelines are received.


March 20, 2020

The University of Holy Cross continues to monitor the situation involving the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  

On Tuesday, the University transitioned to remote instruction and online operations. To be clear, the University of Holy Cross is and will remain open virtually as a university through remote instruction and online operations. 

As of this date, the federal government is directing gatherings of no more than 10 people. Additionally, on Tuesday, the venue for UHC Commencement Exercises discontinued the agreement for the ceremony scheduled for May. 

Commencement is a large gathering. This is a rapidly-changing situation, with day-to-day changes from government officials.  As the Commencement ceremony is planned for two months from this date, the Commencement Committee is exploring a variety of alternatives. Degrees will be conferred at the end of the Spring semester as is normally done following the Summer semester in August and the Fall semester in December. These alternatives are for the Commencement Mass scheduled for May 16 and the Commencement ceremony scheduled for May 17.

More information will be provided as the government changes the limits on gatherings and the situation stabilizes in the coming weeks. 

Thank you. 

Stanton F. McNeely III, Ed.D
President
University of Holy Cross
4123 Woodland Drive
New Orleans, LA 70131
www.uhcno.edu


Monday, March 16

URGENT: The timeline for transition to remote delivery and online operations is now updated as follows:

Effective at 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 16, and until further notice only critical personnel (UHC Campus Police and maintenance personnel) are permitted on campus.

To be clear, the University of Holy Cross is and will remain open virtually as a university through remote instruction and online operations. The physical campus will be accessible to  only critical personnel (UHC Campus Police and maintenance personnel) starting Tuesday, March 17, until further notice.

We take these measures out of an abundance of caution in order to safeguard the well-being of our students, faculty and staff. 

This is a rapidly changing situation; this schedule is subject to change per directives and guidance from government officials:

Updated timeline as of Monday, March 16:

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and until further notice

All in-person classes will be delivered remotely.

Instructors will communicate relevant information to their students on how the course will be conducted.

UHC faculty and students are to continue fulfilling course responsibilities online and per the UHC Academic Affairs Continuity of Operations Plan.

UHC staff are to continue fulfilling all operational responsibilities online and in coordination with their supervisors.

Registration online for both the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters.

Withdrawal date for Spring 2020 courses extended to Monday, March 30.

If students cannot complete the semester for any reason and do not withdraw, the University will be generous with assignment of Incomplete or I grades.

The physical campus will have limited access to critical personnel (UHC Campus Police and maintenance personnel) starting Tuesday, March 17, until further notice.

Please be aware that University Communications and the Office of the President are the official sources of information regarding University operations. Regularly check University Communications, the uhcno.edu web site, UHC email, and social media for updates.

 

Stanton F. McNeely III, Ed.D
President
University of Holy Cross
4123 Woodland Drive
New Orleans, LA 70131
www.uhcno.edu

 

Additional information:

Self-isolation is when a person does not leave their home for a designated period of time to eliminate the opportunity of exposing others to any germs or infectious diseases they may have. During self-isolation you should take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor your fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your supervisor or professors before returning to work and classes.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  • Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

If you get sick (including a fever, cough, or trouble breathing) you should take the following actions:

  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room.
  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

Reminder on preventive actions:

Please adhere to safe health practices to reduce your risk for infection from this and many other infectious diseases:

  • Wash your hands often (using soap and water for at least 20 seconds), especially after you have touched someone who is sick. If soap and water are not available, then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms, make sure to cover your coughs and sneezes by using the crook of your arm or disposable tissues. If you use disposable tissues, throw them away after use and then wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid sharing drinks with others.
  • Maintain a balanced diet, exercise, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you think you are sick, call your healthcare provider for assistance.

Additional prevention techniques can be found at the CDC site on prevention.


Message from the UHC President


March 15, 2020

The University of Holy Cross is transitioning to remote instructional delivery and online operations, effective Thursday, March 19, until further notice.

To be clear, the University of Holy Cross is and will remain open as a university through remote instruction and online operations. The physical campus will have limited access to essential personnel starting Thursday, March 19, until further notice. We take these measures out of an abundance of caution in order to safeguard the well-being of our students, faculty and staff. 

As of today, March 15, the University operational schedule for this week is as follows. This is a rapidly changing situation; this schedule is subject to change per directives and guidance from government officials:

 

Monday and Tuesday, 
March 16-17

 

Test of instructional preparedness for distance learning. 

There will be no face-to-face instruction on these dates. No in-person instruction, except for labs and clinical training. 

Faculty, students, and staff will be free to come to the campus.

Tutoring labs will be open on-campus.

Wednesday, March 18

 

In-person instruction.
Survey and assessment of needs in preparation for remote instruction.

Registration begins for both the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters.

Faculty, students, and staff will be free to come to campus.

Tutoring labs will be open on-campus.

Thursday, March 19, and until further notice

All in-person classes will be delivered remotely.

Instructors will communicate relevant information to their students on how the course will be conducted.

UHC faculty and students are to continue fulfilling course responsibilities online and per the UHC Academic Affairs Continuity of Operations Plan.

UHC staff are to continue fulfilling all operational responsibilities online and in coordination with their supervisors.

Registration online for both the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters.

The physical campus will have limited access to essential personnel starting Thursday, March 19, until further notice.

Please be aware that University Communications and the Office of the President are the official sources of information regarding University operations. Regularly check University Communications, the uhcno.edu web site, UHC email, and social media for updates.

Additional information:

Self-isolation is when a person does not leave their home for a designated period of time to eliminate the opportunity of exposing others to any germs or infectious diseases they may have. During self-isolation you should take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor your fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your supervisor or professors before returning to work and classes.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  • Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

If you get sick (including a fever, cough, or trouble breathing) you should take the following actions:

  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room.
  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

Reminder on preventive actions:

Please adhere to safe health practices to reduce your risk for infection from this and many other infectious diseases:

  • Wash your hands often (using soap and water for at least 20 seconds), especially after you have touched someone who is sick. If soap and water are not available, then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms, make sure to cover your coughs and sneezes by using the crook of your arm or disposable tissues. If you use disposable tissues, throw them away after use and then wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid sharing drinks with others.
  • Maintain a balanced diet, exercise, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you think you are sick, call your healthcare provider for assistance.

Additional prevention techniques can be found at the CDC site on prevention.


March 14, 2020

Dear University of Holy Cross Students, Faculty, and Staff:

First, I want to state that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the UHC campus. However, the University of Holy Cross is transitioning to remote instructional delivery and online operations, effective Thursday, March 19, until further notice. This decision has been made in consultation with state and local health officials, local government, and with the other colleges and universities in New Orleans.

Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17, there will be a test of instructional preparedness for distance learning. There will be no face-to-face instruction on those dates.  On those dates, all instruction will be delivered using the distance modality, with the exception of labs and clinical training.  Afterwards, a survey will be administered to assess our needs so that we can address them.

During the test on Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17, faculty, students, and staff will be free to come to the campus. The only difference will be that there is no face-to-face instruction, except for labs and clinical training. 

To be clear, the University of Holy Cross is and will remain open as a university through remote instruction and online operations. The physical campus will have limited access to essential personnel starting Thursday, March 19, until further notice. We take these measures out of an abundance of caution in order to safeguard the well-being of our students, faculty and staff. 

Beginning on Thursday, March 19, and until further notice, all in-person classes will be delivered remotely. Instructors will communicate relevant information to their students on how the course will be conducted. UHC faculty and students are to continue fulfilling course responsibilities online and per the UHC Academic Affairs Continuity of Operations Plan.

UHC staff are to continue fulfilling all operational responsibilities online and in coordination with their supervisors.

All University events are postponed immediately, starting Thursday, March 12, until further notice. 

The University is committed to ensuring that all students can complete their Spring semester coursework on time and with minimal disruption.

Advising and Registration for both the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters will proceed online as planned, beginning Thursday, March 19.

Online coursework and operations will continue until such time that public health authorities provide guidance that it will be safe to resume normal campus and face-to-face classes, events, and operations.

These precautionary actions will help limit potential exposure to COVID-19 and enhance our ability to protect the well-being of the University of Holy Cross community. This period of online classes will limit interactions and hopefully allow us to see reductions in the spread of COVID-19 in the greater New Orleans region. I thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times, particularly as the situation continues to evolve.

Moving forward, we will continue to provide updates as new information emerges on COVID-19 and its impact on the University of Holy Cross. Please be aware that University Communications and the Office of the President are the official sources of information regarding University operations. Regularly check University Communications, the uhcno.edu web site, UHC email, and social media for updates.

Holy Cross in our 183 year history has dealt with obstacles and setbacks many times. Fr. Moreau wrote to the family of Holy Cross in 1849 in times of a health crisis:

“Prayer is like a health zone which we must set up around our homes and schools.  Moreover, it can heal souls.  It is this spirit of prayer which gives me confidence that the plague will spare Holy Cross, which is so visibly under the protection of Divine Providence.  Put your confidence in prayer, therefore, but at the same time, do not neglect the precautions recommended by doctors and other officials.”

During this Lenten season, you remain in my thoughts and prayers, along with all of those affected by this virus. Let us continue to pray for the well-being of our University of Holy Cross family and those around us. 

Spes Unica,


Stanton F. McNeely III, Ed.D
President
University of Holy Cross

Additional information:

Self-isolation is when a person does not leave their home for a designated period of time to eliminate the opportunity of exposing others to any germs or infectious diseases they may have. During self-isolation you should take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor your fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your supervisor or professors before returning to work and classes.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  • Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

If you get sick (including a fever, cough, or trouble breathing) you should take the following actions:

  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room.
  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  •  

Reminder on preventive actions:

Please adhere to safe health practices to reduce your risk for infection from this and many other infectious diseases:

  • Wash your hands often (using soap and water for at least 20 seconds), especially after you have touched someone who is sick. If soap and water are not available, then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms, make sure to cover your coughs and sneezes by using the crook of your arm or disposable tissues. If you use disposable tissues, throw them away after use and then wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid sharing drinks with others.
  • Maintain a balanced diet, exercise, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you think you are sick, call your healthcare provider for assistance.
Additional prevention techniques can be found at the CDC site on prevention.

March 11, 2020

Dear University of Holy Cross Students, Faculty, and Staff:

First, I want to state that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the UHC campus. However, the University of Holy Cross is transitioning to remote instructional delivery and online operations, effective Thursday, March 19, until further notice. This decision has been made in consultation with state and local health officials, local government, and with the other colleges and universities in New Orleans.

Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17, there will be a test of instructional preparedness for distance learning. There will be no face-to-face instruction on those dates.  On those dates, all instruction will be delivered using the distance modality, with the exception of labs and clinical training.  Afterwards, a survey will be administered to assess our needs so that we can address them.

During the test on Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17, faculty, students, and staff will be free to come to the campus. The only difference will be that there is no face-to-face instruction, except for labs and clinical training. 

To be clear, the University of Holy Cross is and will remain open as a university through remote instruction and online operations. The physical campus will have limited access to essential personnel starting Thursday, March 19, until further notice. We take these measures out of an abundance of caution in order to safeguard the well-being of our students, faculty and staff. 

Beginning on Thursday, March 19, and until further notice, all in-person classes will be delivered remotely. Instructors will communicate relevant information to their students on how the course will be conducted. UHC faculty and students are to continue fulfilling course responsibilities online and per the UHC Academic Affairs Continuity of Operations Plan.

UHC staff are to continue fulfilling all operational responsibilities online and in coordination with their supervisors.
All University events are postponed immediately, starting Thursday, March 12, until further notice. 
The University is committed to ensuring that all students can complete their Spring semester coursework on time and with minimal disruption.

Advising and Registration for both the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters will proceed online as planned, beginning Thursday, March 19.

Online coursework and operations will continue until such time that public health authorities provide guidance that it will be safe to resume normal campus and face-to-face classes, events, and operations.

These precautionary actions will help limit potential exposure to COVID-19 and enhance our ability to protect the well-being of the University of Holy Cross community. This period of online classes will limit interactions and hopefully allow us to see reductions in the spread of COVID-19 in the greater New Orleans region. I thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times, particularly as the situation continues to evolve.

Moving forward, we will continue to provide updates as new information emerges on COVID-19 and its impact on the University of Holy Cross. Please be aware that University Communications and the Office of the President are the official sources of information regarding University operations. Regularly check University Communications, the uhcno.edu web site, UHC email, and social media for updates.

Holy Cross in our 183 year history has dealt with obstacles and setbacks many times. Fr. Moreau wrote to the family of Holy Cross in 1849 in times of a health crisis:

“Prayer is like a health zone which we must set up around our homes and schools.  Moreover, it can heal souls.  It is this spirit of prayer which gives me confidence that the plague will spare Holy Cross, which is so visibly under the protection of Divine Providence.  Put your confidence in prayer, therefore, but at the same time, do not neglect the precautions recommended by doctors and other officials.”

During this Lenten season, you remain in my thoughts and prayers, along with all of those affected by this virus. Let us continue to pray for the well-being of our University of Holy Cross family and those around us. 

Spes Unica,


Stanton F. McNeely III, Ed.D
President
University of Holy Cross


Additional information:
Self-isolation is when a person does not leave their home for a designated period of time to eliminate the opportunity of exposing others to any germs or infectious diseases they may have. During self-isolation you should take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor your fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your supervisor or professors before returning to work and classes.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  • Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

If you get sick (including a fever, cough, or trouble breathing) you should take the following actions:

  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room.
  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

Reminder on preventive actions:
Please adhere to safe health practices to reduce your risk for infection from this and many other infectious diseases:

  • Wash your hands often (using soap and water for at least 20 seconds), especially after you have touched someone who is sick. If soap and water are not available, then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms, make sure to cover your coughs and sneezes by using the crook of your arm or disposable tissues. If you use disposable tissues, throw them away after use and then wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid sharing drinks with others.
  • Maintain a balanced diet, exercise, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you think you are sick, call your healthcare provider for assistance.

Additional prevention techniques can be found at the CDC site on prevention.


March 10, 2020

On Monday, March 9th, the first presumed positive case of COVID-19 has been identified in Louisiana. State and local public health agencies are actively monitoring the situation.

Following the recommendations of local, state, and national health authorities, the University of Holy Cross has not made changes to any classes, campus activities, operations, or events at this time. 

The University is committed to ensuring that all students can complete their Spring semester coursework on time and with minimal disruption. UHC is still operating normally.

UHC maintenance and housekeeping staff are providing additional quantities of soap and hand sanitizer in restrooms and workplaces, and they are using anti-viral cleaning chemicals.

Possible future actions:
Should it become necessary to implement social distancing protocols or close the campus, that determination will be made in consultation with state and local public health authorities. The decision will be communicated in a timely manner.


University of Holy Cross is committed to balancing two imperatives: continuing our work of education while keeping our UHC family safe as well as protecting the health of communities beyond our campus.


Possible postponement or adjustment of large-scale events:
At this time, guidance from state and local public health authorities does not recommend that UHC change any currently planned large events or activities.


If widespread community transmission of COVID-19 develops in New Orleans or Louisiana, UHC may implement social distancing protocols, which could include the postponement or cancellation of large events and activities.


Technology-based learning and working:
If social distancing becomes necessary to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, increasing the use of technology for learning and working will be engaged. 


UHC faculty and students should continue fulfilling all course responsibilities, including preparing to conduct face-to-face courses online if necessary. 


UHC staff should continue fulfilling all operational responsibilities, including preparing for online operation if necessary. 


Additional information:
Self-isolation is when a person does not leave their home for a designated period of time to eliminate the opportunity of exposing others to any germs or infectious diseases they may have. During self-isolation you should take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor your fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your supervisor or professors before returning to work and classes.
  • Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  • Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

If you get sick (including a fever, cough, or trouble breathing) you should take the following actions:

  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor's office or emergency room.
  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

Reminder on preventive actions:
Please adhere to safe health practices to reduce your risk for infection from this and many other infectious diseases:

  • Wash your hands often (using soap and water for at least 20 seconds), especially after you have touched someone who is sick. If soap and water are not available, then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • If you have cold or flu symptoms, make sure to cover your coughs and sneezes by using the crook of your arm or disposable tissues. If you use disposable tissues, throw them away after use and then wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Avoid sharing drinks with others.
  • Maintain a balanced diet, exercise, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you think you are sick, call your healthcare provider for assistance.

Additional prevention techniques can be found at the CDC site on prevention.


Official sources of information from the University of Holy Cross:
Please be aware that University Communications and the Office of the President are the official sources of information regarding University of Holy Cross operations. 


March 8, 2020

The University of Holy Cross continues to monitor the situation involving the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):  

As of this date, there are no known cases of the disease in Louisiana and no known cases involving UHC faculty, staff, or students.  

The immediate health risk to members of the UHC community is considered low at this time.  However, the potentially global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high.  With this in mind, please be aware that the current risk assessment to our community may change.

Following the recommendations of local, state, and national health authorities, UHC has not made changes to any classes, campus activities, operations, or events. Please be assured, however, that discussions are underway regarding possible effects of COVID-19 on activities for the remainder of Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and beyond.

UHC faculty and students should continue fulfilling all course responsibilities, including preparing to conduct face-to-face courses online if necessary. 

UHC staff should continue fulfilling all operational responsibilities, including preparing for online operation if necessary. 

What is the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and how do I avoid it?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common throughout the world. These viruses, at times, can evolve and infect people, then spread through human-to-human contact. Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold—through the air by coughing or sneezing; through close personal contact, like touching or shaking hands; by touching an object or surface with the viruses on it; and occasionally, through fecal contamination. Currently, the threat of someone in the United States becoming sick with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is very low.

How do I protect myself from illnesses such as the cold, flu, and COVID-19?

  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean surfaces frequently, such as counter tops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas.
  • If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.

UHC maintenance and housekeeping staff are providing additional quantities of soap and hand sanitizer in restrooms and workplaces, and they are using anti-viral cleaning chemicals.  Although hand sanitizer is in short supply due to the COVID-19 outbreak, UHC officials are working with suppliers to ensure timely delivery and implementation. 

Where can I learn more about COVID-19 and its potential effects?

People with legitimate concerns about the possibility of having or being exposed to COVID-19 should not walk into a doctor's office, health department office, hospital emergency department, urgent care, or other health care facility to seek testing or treatment.  Instead, they should call their healthcare provider and tell them that you may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s staff take steps to prepare for your arrival or to provide further instructions. In an emergency, they should contact Emergency Medical Services at 911 and tell them that you may have COVID-19.

Please be aware that University Communications and the Office of the President are the official sources of information regarding University of Holy Cross operations. 

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