Message from the President

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July 27, 2020

Dear UVI Community:

I trust this message finds each of you well and enjoying your summer albeit in these interesting times.  I am sharing with you the below important update in regards to our plans for the Fall. The Administration submitted a recommendation to the Board, which was approved, to delay the implementation of the Fall on-campus plan.   I would like to thank the Cabinet and our shared governance leaders for their input and quick turnaround so that we could collectively and thoughtfully update our plans.

https://www.uvi.edu/news/articles/2020/20_060_delayed_reopening.aspx

Thank you for your support and we will be following-up shortly with more information.

 

Sincerely,

David Hall
President


March 27, 2020

Dear UVI Community:

Today marks the end of the first week that all instructions, meetings and activities of the University of the Virgin Islands have been conducted online or through some digital format.

This has never been done before in the history of UVI, and it is a moment that we should not allow to slip pass us without some recognition.

I want to thank our students, faculty and staff for your flexibility, creativity and patience. This transition has been enormous and it would not have occurred without each of you contributing to our success.

I continue to be inspired and impressed by the resiliency and determination of this community. Each time a challenge arises, you rise to meet it, and transform perceived limitations.

I’m sure this first week has not been perfect, but our commitment to the mission of UVI and to the people we serve will make up for our any technology or resource glitches we may have experienced.

I want to especially thank our online staff, led by Ameeta Jadav, and our ITS area led by VP Sharlene Harris, for creating the platforms upon which we now operate, and guiding us through the process.

This journey is just beginning, and there is still so much for us to accomplish in the midst of this pandemic. Yet, I have no doubt that we will reach our goals, and exceed our own expectations.

Congratulations on this first week, and continue to take extremely good care of yourself, and your family, as we move forward.

Remain Safe and Remain Inspired!!!!

David Hall
President
University of the Virgin Islands


Dear UVI Community:

As the Coronavirus continues to alter our way of living and working, the University has to adapt as well. In addition to the plan I shared with you last Friday, there is a need to provide students and employees with more specific guidelines and guidance in regards to how the University will operate during this crisis. Numerous individuals have been working hard and creatively to develop a different approach for us to fulfill our mission and yet remain safe. Attached is a document entitled “Flattening the Curve, but not Curbing our Enthusiasm and Creativity.” Please carefully review it and be guided by its content. I plan to convene a “Virtual Town Hall” meeting on Friday so you can ask questions and raise concerns in regards to these guidelines. More details about the Town Hall will be shared soon.

Thanks for your positive spirit, unrelenting determination, and collective support during this challenging time. I know, without a doubt, that we will come out of this challenge better and more creative.

Sincerely,

David Hall
President
University of the Virgin Islands


March 12, 2020

Dear UVI Community:

The University has been closely monitoring the developments of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The health, safety and well-being of our UVI Community, on and off campus, is our top priority. At this time, there is no indication that the UVI campuses are affected but contingency planning is well underway to mitigate the possibility of the spread of the virus.

In light of the evolving coronavirus pandemic in the US and globally, out of an abundance of caution and care for our UVI Community members, some of whom may be in high-risk groups, the University has developed the following immediate plans:

Effective immediately, UVI will extend Spring Break for students until Sunday, March 22, 2020, and transition to online learning for all graduate and undergraduate classes on Monday, March 23, 2020.

During this time, our faculty and instructional designers will finalize preparations for the switch to a virtual course delivery model. Accordingly, all in-person and videoconference classes are suspended. The University will continue its Spring academic semester, albeit the instructional delivery will change and classes will resume via online instruction only beginning on Monday, March 23.

We did not make these decisions lightly but feel that this is the most prudent course of action at this time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization have emphasized the importance of taking active measures to contain the spread of the virus in communities and mitigate the risk to vulnerable populations. Our actions are consistent with the recommendations of leading health officials on how to limit the spread of the virus and are also consistent with similar decisions made by a number of our peer institutions and other universities across the nation.

PUBLIC EVENTS

In this new world of social distancing, we will minimize large and other gatherings on campus. Accordingly, a number of events have already been cancelled including our upcoming Charter Day Ceremony (March 16) and Afternoon on the Green (March 22). Please look out for additional updates. We also understand that Commencement and end-of-semester activities are a special time for our graduates and their families. As of now, no decisions have been made to cancel Commencement which is on May 14 (STT) and May 15 (STX).

INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE TRAVELLED

If you traveled during the past 14 days:

You are encouraged to contact the UVI Health Services Department on your campus and register the location(s) and dates of travel, including cruises.

Employee's Coronavirus Travel Log

Student's Coronavirus Travel Log

Travelers who are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing, should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care.

Please continue to look out for more updates and additional information will eventually be posted on the University’s website.

We recognize that this transition will be disruptive and ask for your continued patience and understanding as we address this unprecedented challenge and as developments occur. We recognize the tremendous anxiety our community is feeling right now but our UVI Community is a resilient one. We have weathered many storms before with fortitude, grace and compassion, albeit of a different nature. UVI is a special place and we will together overcome this challenge.

Please remain vigilant with your health and those around you.

Sincerely,

David Hall
President
University of the Virgin Islands