For Immediate Release
Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement
W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 704-6101
Touro University California Transition to Remote Learning Due to COVID-19 Concerns
Teaching and learning activities will move to remote learning formats through April 20, 2020
Vallejo, Calif. (March 12, 2020): In an attempt to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, Touro University California (TUC) officials announced today that teaching and learning activities are moving to a remote learning format. At this time there are no known cases of COVID-19 on the campus, but academic leadership has decided to limit in-person education in an abundance of caution.
TUC Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Sarah Sweitzer in a message to students, faculty and staff said the changes will start Sunday, March 15 with students returning on April 20, 2020. Plans after that will be dependent on the latest COVID-19 outbreak information at that time.
In addition, student labs will be replaced with equivalent, remote experiences wherever possible. Clinical rotations will continue so long as the clinical, externship or field placement site is accepting students. However, student direct care of known or suspected COVID-19 cases will be limited in the interest of student safety. TUC public events are being cancelled or transitioned to remote access format through April 20, 2020.
"This is a continuously evolving situation and we are responding with an abundance of caution in transition to remote teaching and learning strategies," stated Sweitzer. "The policies we are adopting are based on ongoing consultation with leaders in public health and higher education. We are implementing these policies to address the anxiety the public is feeling and to reduce the number of large crowds present on campus, per the social distance guidance we have received."
More details can be found on a special website the campus has set-up in response to the COVID-19 outbreak at: http://tu.edu/emergency/. TUC joins a growing list of Bay Area schools that have taken similar measures including UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco, Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Stanford University, and San Jose State University.
About the Touro College and University System:
Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro has 35 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Illinois, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: www.touro.edu/news
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