A Message from President Gash: Coming Together

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Although we are presently separated for important reasons, it is our deepest desire to assure you that the Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) is fully functioning, closely monitoring all local and national developments, and making decisions to further the health and well-being of our beloved community as our highest priority. As we all adjust to this temporary new normal, University leadership continues to appreciate the empathy and responsiveness faculty, staff, and students have shown one another. We are grateful for the outpouring of prayers, support, and encouragement we have been receiving from you every step of the way. We encourage you to continue praying for our community, our nation, and the entire world.

To update you, Seaver College began online instruction today following the departure of most students from the Malibu campus over the weekend. Each of the graduate schools began online instruction earlier this week. The University has also fully implemented its critical support personnel staffing this week with all departments working remotely except for those performing essential tasks that need to be handled on site. We encourage employees who have additional questions or ongoing needs to reach out to their supervisors for additional guidance. 

The EOC, the Student Health Center, and University leadership are actively monitoring our community for any additional COVID-19 cases. At this point, we are not aware of any positive test results at any of our domestic campuses. We will inform you if this changes. Interim restrictions on campus visitors announced previously remain in place through at least March 31. Non-essential visitors to campuses are, unfortunately, not permitted, and for individuals remaining on or traveling to any campus, social distancing of at least six feet is required. As the Malibu campus population continues to shrink, campus services will be modified accordingly.

The COVID-19 public health situation remains dynamic, and University officials continue to follow guidance from governmental and health agencies during this period. Information is updating quickly, which may prompt responsive decision-making from the University. You will be updated by the University when conditions change.

As the community learns and works in a new remote environment during this time, it is important for you to stay informed with the latest information. Frequently asked questions for the University community are being updated daily on the University’s COVID-19 website.

Let’s rest together in the truth found in Psalm 62:1-2 NLT:

“I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.”