Touro moving to remote learning to prevent spread of COVID-19

Vallejo Times-Herald
3/12/2020

In an attempt to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, Touro University California officials announced Thursday that teaching and learning activities are moving to a remote learning format starting Sunday, officials said in a news release.

Students are expected to return to campus on April 20.

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, they added.

“This is a continuously evolving situation and we are responding with an abundance of caution in transition to remote teaching and learning strategies,” said TUC Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Sarah Sweitzer in a message to students, faculty and staff. “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.”

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, they said. 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 also being cancelled or transitioned to remote access format through April 20.

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.

Meanwhile, several events were cancelled in the city of Benicia after the California Department of Public Health issued new guidelines on postponing or canceling gatherings and events through the end of March 2020.

The new guidelines are meant to protect public health and slow the transmission of COVID-19.

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