March 16, 2020 – Important update on coronavirus

We know you have many questions about this fast-changing worldwide health crisis, and we commit to providing you with the latest information and guidance to help you fulfill your work responsibilities.

As faculty, staff and some of our students begin to return to campus today, it’s important to emphasize social distancing: avoiding community gatherings and social activities because they pose a much greater risk for the transmission of the coronavirus and other types of illness or infection. The importance of social distancing has been underscored by recent guidelines from federal and state officials.

While there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus on the ACU campus, or in Abilene, the general university guidance is to avoid face-to-face meetings in most if not all cases. If you have visitors planning to come to campus, please communicate with them and reschedule the visit or arrange for a remote meeting.

Transmission of viruses from person to person happens most frequently among close contacts (within about six feet). You also should limit contact with public high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, faucet handles, etc., and wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

During campus preparation for all-online instruction, senior leaders are involved in analysis and discussions so they can provide guidance in the next 48 hours regarding remote and on-site work over the next few weeks.

Confidential Travel Form

ACU students, faculty and staff who have traveled outside Abilene since March 1 must complete this confidential travel form prior to their return to campus, as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This information allows ACU’s HR Office to follow up with individuals regarding any specific CDC recommendations. Please wait for a response from the HR Office BEFORE RETURNING to campus. Supervisors, please check with your employees to ensure they have submitted this important form.

Other Notable Updates

  • We are thankful for God’s provision in allowing our students and faculty from Study Abroad locations to arrive home safely.
  • Our custodial service, WFF Facility Services, and strategic supplier, Diversey, are actively engaged in managing our cleaning efforts and resources. We will continue to monitor and follow recommendations from the CDC for preventing the spread of the virus.
  • Residence halls are now open for students who need to return to campus during the extended Spring Break. Those not planning to return to a residence hall prior to April 9 may still access the building to retrieve items as they prepare to stay elsewhere. Students currently staying or planning on staying in their hall must complete this brief survey. They also should be encouraged to return home, if possible, if they have or develop symptoms.
  • Chartwells is taking measures to assure safety in its food preparation and meal service. This may mean that self-serve options in the Bean are temporarily suspended. Retail dining options opened today.
  • The Medical and Counseling Clinic (MACC) is prepared to serve students and can administer flu tests to those who have flu-like symptoms. Students are urged to utilize Wildcat Care when possible. The MACC will continue to be a significant resource to our campus and is working with local and state public health departments on best practices.
  • The Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center has revised its hours, canceled group exercise classes and adjusted several processes, including the suspension of equipment checkout and sale of guest passes. Keep up with the changes on Twitter and Instagram: @acusrwc.
  • Brown Library hours are posted here. Many of its resources and services are accessible online. Virtual research desk services are available through Ask-a-Librarian chat and email during the day, evenings and weekends at asklibrary.acu.edu. Maker Lab hours can be viewed here.

Thank you for teaming with us to do everything we can to decrease the likelihood of an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) within the ACU community, and protect the most vulnerable among us. See the Coronavirus Information for the latest information and FAQ.