President Mark A. Heckler: Update on 2019 Novel Coronavirus

To: Alumni and Friends
Posted: March 20, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Dear Valpo Alumni and Friends:

As the coronavirus global pandemic continues to evolve rapidly with nearly 60 positive cases in the state of Indiana, we have taken unprecedented steps to ensure the health and well-being of the Valparaiso University community. Valparaiso University leadership has been meeting daily and reviewing continuously reports from local, state, and national health agencies and guidance from the CDC regarding COVID-19.

While there are currently no reported or suspected cases of the novel coronavirus at Valparaiso University, out of an abundance of caution, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to extend remote instruction for the remainder of the spring semester, including the final exam period.

This decision was not made lightly, but I believe it is necessary in order to fulfill Valpo’s educational mission, keep our campus community safe and healthy, and reduce the spread of COVID-19 to more vulnerable populations. Our message to campus is available online, and additional information will continue to be updated on our coronavirus website

The health, safety, and well-being of our campus community is our highest priority. While the current situation presents challenges, I am confident in the resiliency of Valparaiso University students, faculty, and staff and our shared commitment toward ensuring the continuation of our unique community of learning, no matter what comes our way.

Though we may not be conducting the semester as we had hoped, the Valparaiso University community is at its best when we come together to unite around a common purpose. Please continue to keep our students, professors, and the staff who support them in your prayers during these difficult times.

Wishing you health and hope,

Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D.
Vaparaiso University