COVID-19 Updates

University of Dubuque continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic in coordination with local, state, and federal health and emergency preparedness organizations as it relates to the safety and well-being of our UD family on campus and at our LIFE sites.

  • For the most up-to-date statistics of confirmed COVID-19 cases, visit Iowa Department of Public Health and Arizona Department of Health Services
  • Spring classes moved to distance delivery on Monday, March 23.
  • Main campus is open with limited and restricted access per guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Please call ahead prior to visiting campus offices or buildings to verify hours and availability.
  • Students were asked to check out of their residence halls by 6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22. Approval from the Office of Residence Life is required to stay on campus.

LATEST UPDATE FROM PRESIDENT BULLOCK

DATE: March 31, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Family,

Given that we are beginning to settle into a “new normal” routine, and knowing that your in-boxes receive plenty of activity, I will be reducing these written updates to once per week. The updates will be shared around noon on Tuesdays via email and at www.dbq.edu/covid-19. We will continue to share UD Talks videos around noon on Fridays at facebook.com/UDubuque.

Students
Over the weekend, someone attached a colorful “WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER” sign on the front door of my home. Thank you, to whomever, for those encouraging words! If you’d like to see the sign, I shared a photo on my Instagram account at instagram.com/j.f.bullock/.

Additionally, in order to do our best to provide additional support for our students and their families during these unprecedented times, we are eliminating the 2020-2021 scheduled increase in tuition, room, board, and fees for full-time undergraduate students.  These will remain at the current 2019-2020 rates.

Summer School
Many of you registered for summer school last fall. Classes are scheduled to begin the week of May 26. Many of the courses were already scheduled to be online and those will continue as scheduled. At this time, we are planning to offer face-to-face courses that are scheduled. If we are unable to move forward with face-to-face courses in late May, we will contact each registered student to discuss alternatives. As an encouragement for you to stay engaged and progressing in your programs of study, we are reducing summer school tuition by 15 percent per credit hour.

Fall 2020 Registration
We have delayed registration for fall 2020 classes by one week so that faculty and students have time to adjust to the online coursework. Registration will proceed on the following schedule:

  • April 6 – Seniors
  • April 8 – Juniors
  • April 13 – Sophomores
  • April 15 – First-Year Students

Students are encouraged to reach out to their academic advisor to discuss their course schedule for next year.

Additionally, in order to do our best to provide additional support for our students and their families during these unprecedented times, we are eliminating the 2020-2021 scheduled increase in tuition, room, board, and fees.  These will remain at the current 2019-2020 rates.

Parents
We remain focused on maintaining a safe and healthy campus and providing a strong learning environment for each one of our classes. For those of you whose children remain on campus, I want you to know that we continue to have three shifts of our security personnel and around the clock monitoring of our security cameras. Our campus has been very quiet and very safe. Additionally, the first week of distance delivery went well. Attendance was strong, our technology worked well, and our faculty and instructors continued to make adaptations to their coursework over the weekend. I anticipate that this week will go even more smoothly.

Classes
A reminder that the Technology Helpdesk is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for those who have questions or are having trouble with technology. You may contact the Technology Helpdesk at HelpDesk@dbq.edu or 563.589.3737. After 9:00 p.m., people will be directed via voicemail to send an email to HelpDesk@dbq.edu to leave a call back number. LIFE students should continue to use their after-hours technology support number.

Also, the Academic Support Center has professional staff available by appointment from noon to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please, do not hesitate to use these resources whether you need a tutor for a math or chemistry class or some assistance in thinking about the best way to write your essay or paper. The ASC is full of amazing people, each one of whom is absolutely committed to your academic success! Click “Academics” at www.dbq.edu/covid-19 to learn how to schedule an appointment with the ASC.

Employees
I want to personally thank all of you for your amazing commitment. We seem to have found a way to continue our high level of instruction and maintain our healthy community of support and interaction. Thank you for all that you do!

In addition to your COVID-19 adaptations, I am proud of so many of our faculty and instructors for their commitment to continue improving their talents and academic credentials. Please join me in congratulating the following individuals upon the successful completion of their Doctor of Education degrees:

  • Katie Boyer – Dissertation: A Program Evaluation of a District’s Elementary School Wellness Curriculum to Improve Undergraduate Training
  • April Elsbernd – Dissertation: Short-Term Athletic Foreign Tours and Student Learn Outcomes: A Program Evaluation
  • Michelle Grace – Dissertation: The Importance of Creating Curriculum and Practices for the 21st Century Master of Arts in Communications: a Program Evaluation
  • Liza Johnson – Dissertation: Social Emotional Learning in Higher Education: a Program Evaluation
  • Scott McCaw – Dissertation: Dialogic Impact: a Program Evaluation of On-line Learning in Pastoral Spiritual Formation, Connection, and Vocation
  • James Romagna – Dissertation: Creating a Culture of Physical Activity for Faculty and Staff on a University Campus
  • Jennifer Supple – Dissertation: The Role of Bi-directional Sensemaking in Developing Professional Learning Communities in Higher Education

Future Dates
We continue to work through our rescheduled plans for Commencement and other year-end celebrations. As I shared in previous updates, our May 16 Commencement ceremonies will be rescheduled to a later date. I expect these alternative plans to be clarified within the next two weeks. You will receive plenty of advance notice about the rescheduled date in order to adequately accommodate your travel plans.

Health Reminders
We can all continue do our part to help prevent the spread of germs such as washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if ill.

Don’t forget to take care of your brain health. Isolation is difficult for those among us who cope with depression, anxiety, and other brain health conditions. Call a friend. Support one another. And, if you could benefit from professional guidance, please call our University Counseling and Life Services at 563.589.3911 or visit Counseling & Life Services online.

Final Thoughts
I am greatly encouraged by the way that our University community has adapted to this “new normal” in our country. I am also confident that when this “new normal” goes away, we will quickly adapt to a new routine but, perhaps, with a little more joy and thanksgiving for the great gift of a steady routine!  I travel a lot for my job, and I get irritated by the inconvenience that often accompanies many of these trips.  Never again.  I shake a lot of hands and extend a lot of greetings.  I’ll never again take those handshakes or greetings for granted.  One of the legacies of COVID-19 is that it will have changed us and changed our country.  Not all of that change is bad.  In fact, a lot of it – particularly the gift of daily interactions with those we love and with colleagues – is an important reminder about how the little things in life do, indeed, matter.

Mancherlei Gaben Und Ein Geist (Various Gifts and One Spirit),

Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD
President


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