President Mark A. Heckler: Remote Instruction to Continue for Remainder of Semester

To: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Posted: March 20, 2020 at 11 a.m.

Dear Valpo Community,

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. Yesterday, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb outlined several actions to protect and support Hoosiers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Today, I must inform you that we have made the difficult but necessary decision to extend remote instruction for the remainder of the spring semester, including the final exam period.

I realize this decision presents challenges for everyone and may be difficult news for you to receive. 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.

Later today, residential students will receive information about campus housing.

This is not the way any of us hoped to finish the semester, especially members of the Class of 2020. So much of the Valpo experience is grounded in the communal bonds formed on campus. Yet, these bonds extend well beyond the physical boundaries of our campus and will endure even in these uncertain and disconcerting times.

I urge you to continue to practice social distancing and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control. Take good care of yourself and those close to you. Now more than ever, it is important for us to model the Valparaiso University spirit of leadership, service, and generosity as we care for one another and for our communities.

Additional information regarding academic resources, planned events including Commencement ceremonies, guidance for faculty and staff, and other critical updates will follow in the coming days.

I am extremely grateful for the total commitment each of you has shown 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, this community has come together to support one another, to show resilience and determination in the face of challenges, and to unite around a common purpose. You are noble people and I am blessed beyond measure to work alongside you as we navigate the days ahead.

Blessings,

Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D.
President
Vaparaiso University