March 4, 2020 – Message to faculty and staff

Dear Abilene Faculty and Staff, 

The well-being of all members of our ACU community is our highest priority. To that end, we want you to know we are continually monitoring the global threat of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

We have been gathering information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. State Department, the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as information provided by our state and local health departments. We are using these threat assessments to inform decisions about the ACU community. To date, there are no known cases of coronavirus locally. However, we should all exercise caution and take preventative measures, especially while traveling.

With Spring Break approaching, we know some of you have travel plans. We urge you to stay informed of ongoing developments of the spread of the virus and encourage you to monitor CDC updates. If a location reaches Level 3 status, we will NOT allow university-sponsored travel to these areas, and we strongly advise against personal travel.

For those who have already made travel arrangements
The CDC has issued a Level 3 travel advisory for China, South Korea, Iran and Italy due to the spread of COVID-19 in these countries. ACU has suspended all university-sponsored travel to these destinations indefinitely, and we strongly advise against personal travel to these affected areas. Due to the escalation of COVID-19 in Washington state, ACU has cancelled the upcoming A Cappella Chorus tour in Seattle, and we strongly advise against personal travel there.

For those still considering travel
If you are considering university-sponsored travel, but have not made reservations, we urge you to delay making plans indefinitely. Trips submitted in Concur will be subject to enhanced review in light of the global threat of the coronavirus. If you are considering personal travel plans overseas, we strongly discourage you from traveling. The virus is spreading quickly and the CDC could issue alerts for other countries in the days and weeks ahead. This is a rapidly changing situation. 

Study Abroad programs
At this time, our Study Abroad programs in Oxford, Leipzig and Montevideo are ongoing while we continue to assess any potential threat in those locales.

Going forward
University leadership is continually evaluating the potential impact of COVID-19, and will implement any necessary measures to keep our community safe. We will share additional information as it becomes available.

Thank you for your attention to these important matters. Even though a number of us will be working all or a portion of Spring Break, I pray you can get some rest during the coming week while students are away and classes are not in session. 

In Him, 

Phil