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Campus Message #3 Regarding COVID-19

March 6, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and how to address any potential interruptions to campus operations. The President’s Cabinet continues to meet each morning at 8:30 a.m. and remains committed to keeping you informed of any actions related to the virus.

We write with the following updates and guidance:


Palo Alto University is committed to equity and inclusion and fosters equity-minded training, inclusive practices, and a community that embodies belonging. With the rise of concerns about the COVID-19 virus, there have been increasing incidents of xenophobia and racism targeting Chinese and other Asian people worldwide, including on college campuses. We feel it is imperative that the PAU Community work toward building a safe, supportive climate, free from racial hostility for all of our students, particularly in these anxious times. 


Current class schedules and business operations remain in place. We are prepared, however, to deliver all classes online, should it become necessary. Faculty attended trainings this week to prepare for remote operations, should it become necessary. We will continue to update students and faculty about issues related to coursework. All communications to date to the PAU Community can be found on PAU’s Coronavirus Resource page


An effective strategy for minimizing the spread of COVID-19 is greater social distancing. Social distancing can be accomplished by using technology (Zoom or teleconferencing) to reduce meetings involving large numbers of people. In situations where work can temporarily be performed from home or an alternate location that would allow for social distancing, we encourage employees and managers to work together to identify those instances as possible telecommuting opportunities. In situations where telecommuting is not possible, we encourage employees to adhere to preventive hygiene measures, such as those below that are recommended by Centers for Disease Control:

·       Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

·       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.

Students and employees who are sick or are exhibiting signs of illness are asked to stay home.

We deeply appreciate the contributions of everyone in the university community during this challenging time.   

President Maureen O’Connor