I am writing to provide you with an update on several College activities.
Unfortunately, we have been informed that an Emerson staff member on the Boston campus has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is currently recovering in isolation at home, off campus.
I ask all of you to join me in condemning racist and xenophobic acts against members of the Asian community and all marginalized groups. These acts are inconsistent with the values that we hold most dear at Emerson.
Regretfully, I write to you today to inform you that Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Weekend activities and events, scheduled for Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10, will in fact be postponed this year.
The College is very saddened to learn that Larry Rasky, Emerson alumnus and Trustee Emeritus, died this morning.
It has become increasingly clear that we must take action now to mitigate the exponential growth of the virus, reduce opportunities for contact, slow the spread of infection, and as epidemiologists say, “flatten the curve.”
We have compiled answers to your most frequently asked questions, which we have updated on the COVID-19 Information web page. We will continue to update the FAQ as new information becomes available.
In the interest of safeguarding the health and wellness of our students, faculty, and staff as well as members of the greater community, who may be more vulnerable to this disease, the College has made the difficult decision to transition all in-person classes to online learning for the remainder of the spring term.
As you know, the College has been closely tracking developments related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Administrators continue to stay in regular contact with public health experts and have been meeting frequently to evaluate and prepare for this ever-changing situation.
As we prepare to welcome students and faculty back to campus following the spring break, the College is actively preparing to ensure the safety and health of our community amid the changing status of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in our region and around the world.