Following the college shutdown (please see below the official statement), due to the health emergency COVID-19, DASIL is suspending all services to students and faculty until further notice. We are in the process to adapt our services to remote online support.
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Update: COVID-19 and International Travel
President Raynard S. Kington’s Official statement as of March 11th, 2020
As a living and learning community we are experiencing a tremendous amount of uncertainty right now. I want to acknowledge the challenges the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation brings, and to remind everyone that we will address those challenges by joining together in common cause. Care and concern for each and every one of you is motivating our efforts to ensure that we remain healthy, that our students are able to continue learning, and that our students on the cusp of graduation will be able to complete their Grinnell journey.
I know that many of your lives have already been affected in significant ways. Perhaps your travel plans have been cancelled, including in courses for which you have worked so hard, or you had to return home prematurely from study abroad. Some of you may be looking at an extended stay in Grinnell, unable to travel home or to see loved ones. Others may be wondering what their jobs will entail in the coming days, weeks, and months.
We especially want to acknowledge that our Senior students must be feeling a certain sense of shock and grief during what should have been a time for anticipating upcoming celebrations. We are working to find some way to give this special cohort of Grinnellians a fitting send-off in the coming days, and will share details as they are available.
Faculty and staff from across the College are working around the clock to ensure that our institution continues to function at the highest level, and that we have sound plans and planning processes in place for whatever we face. All are working together to chart our path ahead.
Going forward we will do our best to communicate vital information in many ways, including in-person and group meetings, written updates and emails, and website postings. Today we have been hosting Town Halls, and you can learn a great deal from viewing a recording of the first Town Hall session available online. NOTE: there were some initial audio issues; Dean Anne Harris begins to speak and answer questions around the 0:31:45 time mark.
Please remember, campus members also can submit coronavirus response questions or comments via this form. Following below, you will find information about many of the most immediate questions we are hearing. For additional information check the College’s COVID-19 response website, which will be updated frequently.
Lastly, I want to thank all of you for the spirit of generosity that I have witnessed you sharing with each other as we do the very difficult work of living together with uncertainty.
Raynard S. Kington