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We continue to monitor and prepare for additional cases in Iowa and will adjust the university schedule or classes as needed. Please check our COVID-19 webpage for updates and other information.

Frequently Asked Questions for students can be found here.

*The Admissions and Financial Aid Offices will serve students entirely remotely. Employees of these offices will be available to assist students and their families Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. via their Clarke email and phone extension.  For admissions-related questions, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@clarke.edu or 563-588-6316.  For questions regarding financial aid, please contact the  Financial Aid Office at financialaid@clarke.edu or 563-588-6327.

CU Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Updates

March 31, 2020

Postponements and Cancellations

All campus events for the remainder of the semester have been postponed or canceled. We will update information as it becomes available.

All student organization meetings are recommended to go virtual.

All Clarke masses (Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) are cancelled until further notice from the Archdiocese of Dubuque

  • Tri-College Students of Color Luncheon
    • March 24
    • Canceled
  • CSA Sophomore Class Event
    • March 24
    • Canceled
  • Clarke Inclusive Games
    • March 24 & March 30
    • Canceled
  • Catholic Identity Committee Social/Conversation
    • March 24 – 3:30 p.m.
    • Canceled
  • CSA Freshman Class Event
    • March 25
    • Canceled
  • CSA Self-Defense Course
    • March 25 & April 1
    • Sessions are canceled
  • CAB Comedian
    • March 26
    • Postponed. New date to be determined.
  • Clarke Day
    • March 26
    • Rescheduled to May 7
  • Musical Menus
    • March 26–28
    • Postponed. New date to be determined.
  • Blue and Gold Visit Day
    • March 28
    • Postponed. New date to be determined.
  • Mary Murphy, BVM Endowed Lecture – Dr. Moshe Szyf
    • March 31
    • Canceled
  • Tri-College Take Back the Night
    • March 31
    • Canceled
  • Residence Life 2020–2021 Housing Selection Night
    • April 1
    • Postponed. New date to be determined.
  • Schemmel Lecture in Theology + Evolution Weekend Lecture – Dr. Ilia Delio, OSF
    • April 2
    • Postponed. New date to be determined.
  • Blue and Gold Visit Day
    • April 3
    • Postponed. New date to be determined.
  • Into the Streets
    • April 4
    • Canceled
  • Instrumental Music Day Final Concert
    • April 7
    • Canceled
  • Mike Debus, Live Performance Art Painter
    • April 16
    • Canceled
  • Inauguration Week
    • April 18-25
    • Postponed. New date to be determined.
  • New Music & Studio Recital
    • April 28
    • Canceled
  • Vanities: A New Musical
    • April 30-May 3
    • Canceled
  • Fables, Fantasies, & Fairy Tales: Opera Scenes
    • May 2
    • Canceled
  • Music Department Ensemble Showcase
    • May 9
    • Canceled
  • Commencement
    • May 16
    • Postponed. New date to be determined.
  • Golf Classic
    • June 1
    • Rescheduled to August 31
  • Summer Camps & Academies
    • Canceled
  • Clarke University Summer Scholarly Programs (CUSSP)
    • Canceled
  • NAIA Winter Championships
    • Canceled
  • NAIA Spring Sports
    • Canceled
    • Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent.

We will update this list as necessary. Please check back often.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Students

CU Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update 7

Dear Students and Employees of Clarke University,

As of March 30, 2020, there are 424 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iowa, 21 of those being in Dubuque County. There are still no reported cases on the Clarke University campus. We continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and will share important updates and information as necessary. You may also follow along with Iowa updates here.

Since it first became clear that this pandemic could and would impact our community, Clarke University has taken steps to keep our students and employees as safe and healthy as possible while sustaining instruction and other operations. A hard optimist, I recall thinking just a few weeks ago what a relief and joy it would be to return to normal later this spring. Unfortunately, that will not be the case for an extended period.

Our preparedness has revealed our strength and resilience in the face of this global crisis; as such, Clarke University will move to providing only essential services on campus, while the remainder of faculty, staff, and student workers will work virtually from home, by close of business, Wednesday, April 1, 2020 and expect to continue to do so through the remainder of the spring semester. Exceptions for instructional continuity in areas, where without some on-campus work classes cannot be sustained, will be coordinated and communicated through Susan Burns, Vice President for Academic Affairs, by April 1. Contact her directly to seek approval or more information.

Clarke University continues to follow guidance from and pray for the City of Dubuque Public Health DepartmentIowa Department of Public Health, and the US Centers for Disease Control. Should decisions and actions from any of these require changes to our operational plan, you will receive those in another message like this one.

During this shelter at home period, all university offices will continue to provide services and can be reached via the following contact information:

Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs
academic.affairs@clarke.edu

Library
library@clarke.edu

MARC
marc@clarke.edu

Registrar’s Office
registrar@clarke.edu

Business & Finance

Accounts Payable
accountspayable@clarke.edu

Campus Store/Mail Room
Mail Room only open on Wednesdays 8-11 a.m.
Visitors must go to the mail room to pick-up mail. There will be no delivery service.
sarah.haas@clarke.edu

Credit Cards
vivian.bannon@clarke.edu

Dining Services
miles.breed@clarke.edu

Facilities Management
emily.dalen@clarke.edu or steven.kirschbaum@clarke.edu

Human Resources
jody.pfohl@clarke.edu

Information Technology
help@clarke.edu or andy.bellings@clarke.edu

Other Business Office
tami.lansing@clarke.edu or beth.mcgrath@clarke.edu

Payroll
laurie.mihm@clarke.edu

Student Accounts
student.accounts@clarke.edu

Enrollment Management

Admissions
563-588-6316
admissions@clarke.edu

Financial Aid
563-588-6327
financialaid@clarke.edu

Institutional Advancement

Institutional Advancement
Teams: @AdvancementTeam
dl_advancement@clarke.edu

Vice President for Institutional Advancement
bill.biebuyck@clarke.edu

President’s Office

Marketing & Communication
marketing@clarke.edu

President’s Office
presidentsoffice@clarke.ed
563-588-6385 (Kathy & Thom voicemail)

Student Life

Athletics
curt.long@clarke.edu

Campus Ministry
campusministry@clarke.edu

Counseling Services
counseling@clarke.edu

Health Services
healthservices@clarke.edu

Engagement & Intercultural Programs
callie.clark@clarke.edu

Residence Life
brenda.white@clarke.edu and aj.rachal@clarke.edu

Vice President for Student Life
kate.zanger@clarke.edu

During this new phase, please continue to monitor your email, explore and experiment with the full range of what Microsoft Teams can do, and stay regularly connected with your students and colleagues not only for your day-to-day work, but also to monitor their well-being. It is important to ask “How you are doing?” with empathy and the expectation that the responder may not answer, “Fine.” Working apart will not drive us apart if compassionate caring continues to be a part of our culture. Keep too in your thoughts and considerations our colleagues and students who have no options other than to remain on campus to do their work and continue their studies, respectively.

Finally, for now, and because not all the news is bad, I hope you will continue to share in abundance the a-ha moments in your classrooms and virtual spaces, our core values in action at work and in the community, and the lighter side of creating life/work balance under less than ideal circumstances. (I share my home office with 4 dogs. Let your imagination take it from there.) Send your good news to marketing@clarke.edu or by texting 815-297-4618.

I close this message with some adapted words from one of my favorite Irish folksongs of all time. I hope it strikes a chord with you too—with or without a glass in your hand.

Here’s a health to one and all—to the big and to the small
to the rich and poor alike—unknown or friend;
and when we return again may unknowns be turned to friends,
and may peace and joy be with you until then!

Thom D. Chesney, Ph.D.
President
thom.chesney@clarke.edu [email]
@thomchesney [Twitter]

 

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CU Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update 6

March 26, 2020

Dear Students and Employees of Clarke University,

As of today, March 26, 2020, there are 179 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iowa, six of those being in Dubuque County. There are still no reported cases on the Clarke University campus. We continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and will share important updates and information as necessary. You may also follow along with Iowa updates here.

During this time of virtual instruction and communication, we would like to take a moment to share some of the good we are spreading via digital communication and on social media.

Show your Clarke Pride digitally

  • We invite everyone to join in celebrating Pride Fridays every Friday! Wear your Clarke gear tomorrow, Friday, March 27, snap a selfie, and post to social media – tag us, use #clarkeuniversity, or send photos to marketing@clarke.edu.
  • Bring Clarke to your mobile device and computer! The Marketing staff has designed and shared Clarke computer and mobile wallpapers that you can downloaded here.
  • Share the ways you are communicating with friends, colleagues, professors, classmates, etc. by sending to marketing@clarke.edu or by texting 815-297-4618. We want to show everyone how you are all making the best of the current situation. Check out these Clarkie’s in action – Women’s Soccer and Basketball, Music, Art + Design, Athletic Training and Wednesday Wisdom with Thom.
  • Congratulations to student-athletes Makenna Haase ’21, Morgan Pitz ’21, Darius Lasley ’20, and Keith Johnson ’22, on receiving All-American Honors. Learn more at clarkepride.com.


Student information

Room and Board Adjustments

Adjustments will be provided to students who are no longer living in campus housing due to the transition to remote instruction for the remainder of the semester. If you were unable to return to campus to remove your belongings, but have been in contact with Residence Life, you will be eligible for these adjustments. Adjustments for residence halls and meal plan will be calculated on a prorated basis adjusted for financial aid as appropriate, and will follow the same schedule as Clarke University’s published tuition refunding policy.

For students who left campus housing on or before Monday, March 24, 2020, the adjustment will be 40% of room and board costs, adjusted for applicable financial aid. Students that leave campus housing after that date will have their refund further prorated based on their move out date. Students that continue to live in campus housing after Sunday, April 19 will not be eligible to receive these adjustments.

Adjustments will be applied to a student’s account balance, and account credits and/or checks will be available after record processing. Once adjustments have been posted to a student’s account, the payment plans will adjust accordingly. We appreciate your patience as we work our way through this process. Adjusted amounts should start showing up on student accounts by Friday, April 3. Questions should be directed to student.accounts@clarke.edu.

Course/Lab Fee and Graduation Refunds

Given courses have not been cancelled and commencement will be rescheduled (date to be announced soon), course fees and graduation fees stand as posted.


Employee information

Travel

Please remember, Clarke University is prohibiting all non-essential, university-sponsored, international or domestic travel by employees and students, including all student organizations, effective immediately. Students and employees are also strongly encouraged to weigh any personal travel plans seriously and to follow all CDC guidelines. Anyone returning from any international travel or cruise is required to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to the university. The same is recommended for anyone who has visited an area with a confirmed virus case and who believes they may have been exposed. If employees have questions regarding travel, please work with the area vice president.


Personal Hygiene—everyone

Please remember the health warnings we have heard since this situation began. Wash your hands, take care of yourselves, and if you are an older adult and/or have high-risk health concerns or live with someone who has those concerns, please stay home. Even if you do not experience COVID-19 symptoms yourself, you may unknowingly spread it to others you care about. We are asking for your best effort on all fronts.

Know what to do if you experience symptoms.

Tammy Moore, Director of Health Services, sent out some great information yesterday regarding steps you should take if you think you may have the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • The most commonly reported symptoms are fever, body aches, a cough, and sometimes shortness of breath.
  • If you have these symptoms, stay home and isolate yourself away from roommates and family members.
  • Please call # 2-1-1 which is the Iowa Coronavirus hotline or your primary care provider.
  • For more specific health symptom questions and local opinion, you can call Medical Associates Acute Care at 563-584-3455 or Unity Point Urgent Care at 563-589-4960.

Please refer to Tammy’s email for further information.

Clarke University continues to follow guidance from the City of Dubuque Public Health DepartmentIowa Department of Public Health, and the US Centers for Disease Control. The university will remain open and sustain normal daily operations to the extent possible.

 

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CU Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update 5

March 18, 2020

Dear Students and Employees of Clarke University,

As of today, March 18, 2020, there are 29 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iowa. There are still no reported cases on the Clarke University campus, in Dubuque, or Dubuque County. We continue to monitor the situation and will share additional updates as it impacts our current actions.

Clearly, we are experiencing unprecedented times. Having closed campus for weather in the past and developing responses for hundreds of issues in between, I never could have anticipated that any of us would face a challenge like the one we are facing now with COVID-19.

Clarke University began under difficult, uncertain circumstances and has survived for more than 176 years through countless challenges. Through it all, our community always pulled together. Today, we must do so again.

Our team has been making real-time, hard decisions that we know have widespread effects on the lives of our students, colleagues, and Clarke community, and we are keeping the wellbeing of everyone at the forefront.

As the pace and reach of the pandemic in the United States only continues to grow, the magnitude of what we are dealing with increases. We continue to follow guidance from the City of Dubuque Public Health DepartmentIowa Department of Public Health, and the US Centers for Disease Control. Clarke University will remain open to sustain essential operations to the extent possible.

It remains imperative that we promptly, accurately, and wisely implement best practices to:

  • Create social distancing between individuals.
  • Consider and creatively implement work-from-home flexibility for all employees (faculty, staff, and student employees) unless their work requires them to be physically present on campus.
  • Protect our students, employees, and the community as a whole.
  • Ensure the safety and security of our infrastructure here at Clarke.

With that in mind, I have a number of important updates:

Guidance for Students

Virtual instruction will continue

  • For the remainder of the semester, classes will continue through virtual instruction. Faculty and support staff are working diligently to ensure we can sustain the academic experience that best supports learning online. I trust their ability to make good decisions about meeting our high academic standards and continuing to go the extra mile for each student.
  • As a community of learners, please be patient with yourselves and your instructors during this transition and shifted planning on teaching and learning. Ask thoughtful questions and seek assistance from your faculty and academic support services. Expect they will do the same of you.
  • Students will receive more information about their classes from their instructors as previously stated on or about March 23, 2020. As a reminder, for experiential learning opportunities that take place off campus, such as internships, clinical education and rotations, student teaching, etc. (unless the organization, host, or instructor says otherwise), students should expect to participate as normal. Contact your instructors and/or advisors if you have questions.
  • For general academic questions, please contact the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Susan Burns at susan.burns@clarke.edu.

Residence Hall closures

  • To contain the potential risks and spread of COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to close the residence halls and require all students to check out of by 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. All students currently living in Clarke housing will shortly be contacted by the Residence Life Office with instructions on how to properly check out and move out of their respective residences. Students not currently on campus are also asked to retrieve their belongings by 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. Those in need of an extension for moving out must immediately contact the Residence Life Office at 563-588-6622 or brenda.white@clarke.edu. We are making every effort to maintain safety amidst some flexibility.
  • Students with extenuating circumstances that would require them to remain on campus will be asked to note their intention on a housing registration form that will be e-mailed to all residential students’ Clarke e-mail addresses. Requests will be reviewed within 24 hours of receipt and a decision communicated through email. Your request must be approved by Residence Life to remain on campus. For those students who must remain on campus, you will be limited to your respective hall with no outside guests until further notice.
  • While the University will ensure that we have sufficient residence hall rooms available for students who have no other alternatives, we will be consolidating housing for all remaining students to one residence facility.
  • None of us can predict how long the present situation may last, and if you remain on campus you might be here for some time with very limited services. For example, dining services will continue to operate for those students who remain, but on a limited basis. Additional information about dining services and restricted hours for other offices will be shared separately by email.
  • For residential students, we are exploring the potential for refunds of room and board for the remainder of the semester. We will have guidance on next steps as soon as possible, and that information will be sent separately to affected students by email.
  • If you have questions about housing, please contact the Residence Life Office at 563-588-6622 orbrenda.white@clarke.edu.

Guidance for Employees

  • Faculty, as noted above in the student information section, for the remainder of the semester, classes will continue through virtual instruction. Support staff are still available to support your transition to online instruction. I also advise you to be patient with yourselves and your students during this transition and shifted planning on teaching and learning. Know that academic support services through the MARC will continue to be available, and I encourage you to reach out to the staff if that area if you have questions.
  • Employees who are able to continue their work remotely from home are encouraged to do so beginning no later than Monday, March 23, 2020. A separate message from Jody Pfohl, director of human resources, will provide employees and their supervisor’s guidance on how to arrange for a remote work schedule and expectations. At this time, if your responsibilities don’t allow you to work remotely and you choose not to come to work, you may use vacation time. Please contact your supervisor or vice president with any questions.
  • Employees who are unable to report to work because their health symptoms led them to engage in self-isolation should contact their supervisor and Human Resources at jody.pfohl@clarke.edu to document the beginning date of their self-isolation.
  • If able, student workers may work from home as well. Students, please contact your supervisor for more information. For student workers who cannot do their work remotely, there will be additional opportunities for virtual work-study employment. A separate message will be sent soon about those opportunities.
  • If you have young children at home, now that the state’s public and charter K-12 schools are closed, we know you may be unable to commit to a full day of work. We understand that and thank you for your best efforts. Do what you can, take care of your family, and we will all emerge stronger.
  • Many of our employees (including students) may have specific questions and concerns about compensation. We are actively working on guidance for all categories of employees and expect to provide that soon. In the meantime, know this: Clarke University will do everything possible to keep you “whole” from a compensation standpoint.
  • Employees (faculty and staff only) will continue to have access to their offices and teaching spaces. Consult with your supervisor or area VP with questions. The revised hours, subject to change, are as follows:
    • Hours of In-person Operation
      • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8-11 a.m.
      • Tuesday, Thursday: 1-4 p.m.
    • Hours of Virtual Operation
      • Weekdays: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Events

  • Given all forms of instruction will be virtual for the remainder of the semester, all events on campus will also be cancelled or postponed. We are currently exploring options for how to honor our graduates and celebrate their achievements in light of a likely postponement of Commencement. Future communications will provide more information on what is decided. This is among the most difficulty decisions we have to make. Expect to hear more soon via email communication.
  • All athletic and recreational facilities on campus, including the Robert and Ruth Kehl Center and Dorice and Corbin McNeill Wellness Center, are closed until further notice.

Personal Hygiene—everyone

  • Please remember the health warnings we have heard since this situation began. Wash your hands, take care of yourselves, and if you are an older adult and/or have high-risk health concerns or live with someone who has those concerns, please stay home. Even if you do not experience COVID-19 symptoms yourself, you may unknowingly spread it to others you care about. We are asking for your best effort on all fronts.

Finally, thank you. I wish I had better words to express my appreciation. Countless individuals across our Clarke family are working around the clock, volunteering to help others, supporting each other, and going above and beyond. There have been moments of raw emotion, frustration, and exhaustion which show how human and imperfect we are and these expressions not only expected but also are welcomed under the circumstances.

We begin our meetings with community prayer and use our mission and core values of freedom, education, justice and charity as the lens through which we make our decisions. Together, I believe we will like those who preceded us at Clarke overcome the challenges this unique situation poses for all of us. I know this is a lot and will be difficult. Please reach out if you need help or support.

I continue to be the only recipient, reader and responder to thom.chesney@clarke.edu (email) and direct messaging via @thomchesney (Twitter), in the event that you feel I am the best audience for your reply.

Be well, stay well, and pray for us all,

Thom D. Chesney

President

 

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CU Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update 4

March 16, 2020

As of today, March 16, 2020, there are 23 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iowa. There are still no reported cases on the Clarke University campus, in Dubuque, or Dubuque County. We continue to monitor the situation and will share additional updates as it impacts our current actions.

The health of Clarke University students and employees remains our top priority as we navigate the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are recommending the following precautions and practices to help contain and prevent the spread of illness.

This is an extension of the items covered in Update #3.

Social distancing

The University recommends implementing social distancing guidelines to minimize the possible spread of the disease among our community. Please refer to the attached PDF document.

We will print and post these around campus, but feel free to also print and post in your area and/or office. For the health and well-being of everyone, when you see opportunities to help educate others, please do so.

Students

  • Students are allowed to use common spaces on campus including labs, studios, etc. so long as spacing of individuals at least 6 feet apart is an option and common spaces and shared items are cleaned as necessary before and after leaving the space.
  • Certainly no more than 10 people in one common space per U.S. government recommendation and/or please use the social distancing recommendations as posted in each area. Look for signs and updates in areas that you may visit – conditions may change from day to day.
  • The first floor weight room in the Kehl Center will be closed.
  • As stated previously, our residence halls will remain open. If students have changed their plans regarding their residence hall stay, they should contact Brenda White by phone at (563)588-6622 or email atbrenda.white@clarke.edu.

Travel

Clarke University is prohibiting all non-essential, university-sponsored, international or domestic travel by employees and students, including all student organizations, effective immediately. Students and employees are also strongly encouraged to weigh any personal travel plans seriously and to follow all CDC guidelines. Anyone returning from any international travel or cruise is required to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to the university. The same is recommended for anyone who has visited an area with a confirmed virus case and who believes they may have been exposed. If employees have questions regarding travel, please work with the area vice president.

Employee leave

Given the recent mandates from governors of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin, we are working with our employees to accommodate K-12 schools being closed for the next 2-4 weeks. We are also working to address employee needs in caring for family members who may be ill or have underlying health conditions. The University is working to accommodate these situations, without creating a financial burden on our employees and their families. We are allowing the use of vacation time, as well as sick time, to be used in caring for family members. Please work with your area vice president if you are concerned that you may run out of paid leave, so additional accommodations can be considered.

Postponements/Cancellations

You can find a current list of postponements and cancellations at https://www.clarke.edu/news/cu-coronavirus-2019-ncov-updates/. Have an event to add to the list? Send your event cancellations/closures toOfficialCUCommunication@clarke.edu.

These decisions were made to prioritize health and safety and lessen the spread of virus. We continue to follow guidance from the City of Dubuque Public Health DepartmentIowa Department of Public Health, and the US Centers for Disease Control. The university will remain open and sustain normal daily operations to the extent possible.

On a personal note

As a Catholic university which considers its mission and core values in decision-making, we are sensitive to the stressors, concerns and questions of everyone who is part of the Clarke family and want to hear and address them. You may respond to this message or share directly with a university employee if you prefer. Caritas brings our community together in good times and difficult times alike and has sustained Clarke University for over 176 years.

 

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CU Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update 3

March 12, 2020

While cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) have increased in Iowa, as of March 12 there are no reported cases on the Clarke University campus, in Dubuque, or Dubuque County. Neither the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) nor Dubuque County are currentlyrecommending community social distancing measures.

However, for the safety of our students and employees, Clarke University will suspend on-campus face-to-face instruction for two weeks following spring break due to coronavirus concerns and move to virtual forms of instruction for a period expected to span March 23 through April 5, 2020. On-campus face-to-face instruction is scheduled to resume on April 6.

As noted in the information that follows, students may remain on campus throughout this time period or return after spring break to resume class virtually. Unless notified otherwise by the university, all students with one or more face-to-face classes are expected to be on campus for their restart on April 6.

We understand how disappointing and disruptive this is to students and employees alike. This decision was made to prioritize health and safety and lessen the spread of virus. We continue to follow guidance from the City of Dubuque Public Health DepartmentIowa Department of Public Health, and the US Centers for Disease Control. The university will remain open and sustain normal daily operations to the extent possible. Additional guidance for supervisors and employees will be shared in the near future.

Student information

  • Spring Break will occur as scheduled from March 14–22, and residential students must decide now whether to remain on campus or return after the break.
    • Students who are staying must register with Brenda White, Director of Residence Life by Friday, March 13 at 4:30 p.m. to continue access to their residence hall or campus apartment during this time.
  • If you plan to remain at home or off campus to continue your learning virtually, be sure that you take your learning materials and devices with you. You are expected to have reliable internet access in order to continue your classes online.
  • Beginning March 23 and expected to continue through April 5, classroom, lectures, discussion sections, seminars, and other similar classroom settings will move to virtual instruction to the greatest extent possible. Students will receive additional information from their instructors on or about March 23 regarding adjustments to their classes, assignments, and exams.
  • For experiential learning opportunities that take place off campus, such as internships, clinical education and rotations, student teaching, etc. (unless the organization, host, or instructor says otherwise), students should expect to participate as normal. Contact your instructors if you have questions.
  • During the suspension of on-campus face-to-face classes, students may choose to stay home or return to their residence hall, off-campus housing, or another location. Please make the choice that is best for your own personal health and safety. Residence hall students must notify Brenda White if they will also be staying in the halls at any period of time between March 23 through April 5.
  • The Clarke campus will remain open to serve students and employees who rely on services such as the libraryMARC, and athletics facilities. The Kehl Center will, however, be closed to the outside community from March 23 through April 5.
  • Essential services in Student Life such as Health Services, Counseling, and Campus Ministry will be uninterrupted for the duration of this change and will also provide services via phone and internet when appropriate.
  • Some academic and student support services may be available in person or via phone and online.
  • Student workers should continue to report to work or contact their supervisor if they will not be available.

Assistance for Faculty

  • Staff in the Academic Affairs and Information Technology offices are available to assist faculty with migrating classes to an online format.
  • Additional information and updates will be emailed to faculty from the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  • Because the campus is open to employees, faculty are welcome to continue to access office and learning spaces for work related to virtual instruction.

Additional Employee Information

  • All non-faculty employees should report to campus for work at their regular times. No employee vacation or leave days have been suspended or postponed.
  • The university is preparing employee options for virtual work, where appropriate. Please direct your questions and requests to your supervisor in the meantime.

On Campus Events and Athletics

  • We are currently evaluating all large events scheduled on campus from March 13 through April 5 for continuation, postponement or cancellation, and will communicate changes as they are made.
  • Athletic contests and practices will be similarly evaluated on a daily basis, and are subject to change. Athletes should stay in close contact with their coaches.

Travel

  • We encourage members of the Clarke community to strongly consider deferring non-essential personal international travel during spring break and in the months ahead.
  • If you are traveling, please be sure to monitor the risks at your destination and at travel points to and from. Please read the information here, provided by CDC regarding travel out of the country.
  • Until further notice, all Clarke-sponsored travel of any type must be reviewed at the VP level.

All Students and Employees

  • Dining Services is scheduled to resume operations on Sunday evening, March 22.
  • Continue to help prevent the spread of all viruses, including influenza and COVID-19 by:
    • Covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
    • Cleaning your hands frequently washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 second and/or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content
    • Containing germs by staying home when ill or when you are concerned that you may have been in contact with another sick person

We continue to monitor and prepare for additional cases in Iowa and will adjust the university schedule or classes as needed. Please check our COVID-19 webpage for updates and other information.

Keeping Clarke University safe is our top priority. Thank you for your efforts over the past several weeks to protect your health and the health of our campus community.

We will continue to send official updates about COVID-19 through email. Be sure to check yours daily.

Thom D. Chesney, Ph.D.
Clarke University President

 

Common Contacts

Health Services • (563)588-6374 • healthservices@clarke.edu

Security • (563)588-6393

IT Help Desk • (563)588-6390 • help@clarke.edu

Residence Life (Brenda White) • (563)588-6622 • brenda.white@clarke.edu

MARC • (563)588-8133 • marc@clarke.edu • marc.clarke.edu

Registrar • (563)588-6314 • registrar@clarke.edu

For information on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), you may also call 211. 

 

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CU Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update 2

March 10, 2020

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely with the City of Dubuque Public Health Department, Iowa Department of Public Health, and the US Centers for Disease Control.

Currently, there are eight confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Iowa. There have been no confirmed cases in Dubuque or at Clarke University.

Governor Kim Reynolds stated at a press conference this morning that it doesn’t appear that community spread is taking place at this time. Assessment is ongoing on a daily basis. Washing hands, covering coughs, and staying home when sick was emphasized!

March 16 – 20 is our spring break week. If you are traveling, please be sure to monitor the risks at your destination and at travel points to and from. Please read the information below, provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health regarding travel out of the country and virus prevention.

We will continue to keep you updated. Thank you for checking your Clarke email during spring break.

If you have questions regarding this information, please contact Health Services at (563)588-6374 or healthservices@clarke.edu.

Iowans Returning from Countries Affected by COVID-19 Urged to Self-Isolate

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) requested Iowans returning from a country where novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading to voluntarily self-isolate for 14 days following their return. Areas in this travel notice currently include:

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • South Korea

Individuals returning from affected areas are asked to stay home and monitor their symptoms for 14 days and if they become ill and need to seek medical care, they should call ahead to their doctor’s office and inform them of their recent travel. “We recognize staying at home for 14 days is an inconvenience, but it is an important way to limit the spread of a variety of illnesses, including COVID-19.”

There are things all Iowans can do to help prevent the spread of all viruses, including influenza and COVID-19:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper arm/elbow
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Contain germs by staying home when ill

Residents should prepare for the potential of COVID-19 in the same way they prepare for severe weather or other events that could disrupt their normal routine. This includes making a plan and discussing it with your family.

Symptoms of the COVID-19 in people who have been exposed can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.

For information and updates related to COVID-19, visit https://idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus and follow IDPH on Facebook (@IowaDepartmentofPublicHealth) and Twitter (@IAPublicHealth).

 

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Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update 1

March 4, 2020

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Clarke University or in the state of Iowa. Clarke University will continue to monitor this evolving public health situation.

We will continue to send updates as the Iowa Department of Public Health and the US Center for Disease Control provides us with new information.

What is novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?

2019-nCoV is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the U.S.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.

What is the risk?

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general US public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

Symptoms and transmission:

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

Person-to-person spread is occurring. It is spread by droplet within six feet or touching contaminated surfaces.

Prevention

There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a 60% plus alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

You should:

  • Before you go to a doctor’s office, acute care center or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Campus Health Services staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. You can call 563-588-6374 during these hours. If you leave a message we will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK!

If you have questions regarding this information, please contact Health Services at (563)588-6374 or healthservices@clarke.edu.