There are currently no confirmed cases of coronavirus at any University of Redlands campus. Here is a timeline of updates provided to the University community.
April 1, 2020
The University provided details on Finance and Administration operations: teams are covering all essential business services with limited staffing and social distancing protocols. Finance and Administration functions continue to be operational, as needed, during the COVID-19 stay-at-home period.
March 26, 2020
March 25, 2020
Following the California governor's “stay at home” order, the University announced it will extend its work-from-home policy until this mandate is lifted and will continue to pay all employees through Sunday, April 26, after which time furloughs and partial furloughs will be considered for select employees.
March 23, 2020
The University of Redlands president and provost sent a video message to the community to connect with the Bulldog community and preserve what the could of being together.
March 20, 2020
In accordance with new state guidelines, the University announced it will continue to focus on transitioning students, faculty, and staff off campus. Also according to federal and state guidance, the University will continue to operate, but with as few staff as possible on-site. An update regarding building maintenance and warehouse deliveries was provided.
March 19, 2020
March 18, 2020
In accordance with the latest guidance from San Bernardino County, the University accelerated the move to work from home. A variety of facilities and services updates were also provided. Read the full communication.
March 16, 2020
The President of the University announced in a letter to the community that Redlands campus residences as well as Southern California regional facilities and sites would close as of Friday, March 20 at the latest. Classes will continue in technology-enhanced modalities. In addition, non-essential University personnel were asked to work from home, with pay, beginning on Monday, March 23 or earlier for those in counties mandating closures; the work-at-home policy will be reassessed by Friday, April 3.
March 15, 2020
It was announced that a student in the Graduate School of Theology was evaluated for COVID-19. The student is self-isolating at home and will continue to do so until deemed no longer at risk for having the virus.
March 13, 2020
All U of R students who were still on study abroad programs were asked to return to their hometowns. A COVID-19 FAQ page was added to this website. It was announced that the U of R student being evaluated for COVID-19 was not deemed a public health risk.
March 12, 2020
All students studying abroad in Europe were recalled. The School of Continuing Studies announced it would move all traditional classroom teaching into online and technologically enhanced modules through June 1.
March 11, 2020, 9 p.m.
A variety of new policy updates were provided, including plans to move most classes online, cancel May Term classes involving travel, and limit events to 100 people or less. Read the full communication.
March 11, 2020, 5 p.m.
A student was evaluated at the Redlands campus Student Health Center. Following consultation with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and in accordance with the County’s advice, the student was transported the student to the hospital for evaluation for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution and on the advice of the County, the student’s roommates are self-isolating in their residence. The student who is being evaluated will also self-isolate until deemed no longer at risk for having the virus. The student was later found to be no public health threat to the community.
March 8, 2020
U of R prohibited University-related travel to countries deemed level 4 ("Do Not Travel") and level 3 ("Reconsider Travel") by the U.S. Department of State, including China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran. The University also discouraged all international travel and encouraged the reconsideration of domestic trips involving air travel, large gatherings, or visits to areas with recorded outbreaks. Scheduled academic programs involving travel would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Faculty members were urged to prepare contingency plans for a variety of scenarios. A summary of technology resources that could support online learning is available on the Academic Continuity Plan web page; training can be booked through Instructional Support. Resources such as WebEx, Teams, Sharepoint, One Drive, and VPN can also be tapped by staff and administrators. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Read an update sent to the University community on March 9 regarding this information.
March 6, 2020
Following the state of emergency declared in California in the evening of March 4, the status of San Bernardino County and Marin County—which both report no cases of COVID-19 at this time—was added.
March 2, 2020
The University recalled five study abroad students from Italy, as U.S. State Department raised its travel advisory from level three to four in Lombardi and Veneto. The University will reimburse airline change fees for return flights to the students' hometown. The students will be able to complete International Education of Students (IES) courses online, and the University will work with students to address any shortfall of credits caused by interrupted participation in local university courses, internships, or service learning.
February 29, 2020
In response to the rise in the U.S. State Department's travel alert in Italy from a level two to a level three, the University reached out to its five students studying abroad in Italy to offer them a choice of returning home with University support or continuing their program.
February 28, 2020
Reference to the number of cases in California was removed.
February 25, 2020
The Coronavirus Resources page was updated with the name of the coronavirus, "COVID-19," as well as with the new number of confirmed cases in California‚15 at that time.
February 7, 2020
The University created a Coronavirus Resources page to share information with the University community, following an email to faculty, staff, and students on January 23. The page shared CDC best practices for coronavirus prevention, and stated that the University was following the U.S. Department of State travel advisory—at a level four (Do Not Travel) for China and the city of Wuhan. All University-related student and business travel to China had been prohibited, and all study away programs in the areas affected by the travel advisory had been suspended. Any member of the University community who had recently been in Wuhan and were exhibiting fever with respiratory symptoms were advised to call the Student Health Center or their own health care provider to make arrangements to be seen. Additionally, the community was reminded not to single out or stigmatize anyone in our community based on national origin.