MAU Coronavirus Alert #3

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff Members,

The World Health Organization (WHO) has described the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as a controllable pandemic. Given these unprecedented circumstances, we are actively taking measures to safeguard the health and welfare of all members of our MAU community.

Consistent with the CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations, MAU is highly recommending you avoid traveling at this time, and also avoid events and situations which involve large crowds. This is for your safety as well as others. The alerts originating from various countries are being updated frequently, and again, we urge you to pay attention to the posted travel warnings and protocols.

Following the announcement of Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, to close public schools in the district for a week starting Monday March 16th, the University’s leadership is taking the following measures:

  1. Classes on campus will be canceled from Monday, March 16th through Saturday, the 21th
  2. Spring Break remains as previously scheduled from Monday March 23rd through Sunday, March 29th
  3. Classes on campus will resume Monday, March 30th, 2020.
  4. The last day of the spring semester 2020 will be extended through Saturday, May 9th, 2020.
  5. Final exams will begin on Monday, May 4th, 2020 and conclude on Saturday, May 9th, 2020.
  6. Finally, although our campus and library will not be open for student use next week, University staff members and administration will be present and available from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for any inquires or other matters that can be addressed over the phone or via email.

The cancellation of classes on campus next week is to permit study at home, consistent with recommendations for social distancing (reducing close contact between people to stymie community transmission of the COVID-19 virus) and not intended as extra vacation time.

Remember to wash your hands often with soap and water, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Please be assured that we are following the continued guidance from state agencies, and public health officials in using the appropriate mitigation practices to combat the spread of this virus. Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation in these efforts.

Please check your email, the MAU Web and Social Media, since constant updates are being posted frequently.

Kind Regards,

Dr. Aristides Maza Duerto