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2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest Updates:


March 23, 2020 – Nashville Mayor Issues ‘Safer at Home’ Order, Campus Offices Alter Operations to Comply

On March 22, Nashville Mayor John Cooper issued a “Safer at Home” order requiring all citizens of the city to limit movement outside their homes to only what is necessary to serve essential needs for at least the next two weeks. As Belmont complies with this decision, many campus offices will be operating remotely. Please visit the updated FAQ pages below for additional details.


Frequently Asked Questions Pages

These pages will continuously be updated with the most up-to-date answers to common questions as information becomes available.

Student & Parent FAQ Visitor FAQ Faculty & Staff FAQ


March 20, 2020 – Classes Move Online Remainder of Semester, Commencement Postponed

Dear Students, 
Click the button below to see the latest update from Dr. Fisher announcing Belmont will move to online-only classes for the remander of the semester and commencement ceremonies will be postponed.

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Update: 3/20/2020:

Dear Students, 

For the past two weeks, the economist in me has been constantly studying the “curve” of the Coronavirus outbreak, not only for the U.S. but for countries around the globe. The collective efforts being made in our society are intended to flatten those curves. Unfortunately, it has become clear that those efforts are not working quickly enough, and may not start taking significant effect for several more weeks. The number of new cases reported in the past three days has caused my optimism to be erased by the  statistical reality that I must acknowledge — things are not getting better, and it doesn't appear that they will as soon as I had hoped.

Because of this, I simply do not see a safe path for you to return to campus in the near future, and the time has come to make tough decisions regarding how we complete the Spring semester: 

  • Belmont will be moving to a remote/online learning model for all students through the conclusion of the Spring semester, including final exams.
  • Commencement ceremonies currently scheduled for May 2 will be rescheduled for August 7. All graduating seniors will be invited to participate in what will be a special ceremony for our Spring 2020 graduating class on that date. Graduates will not be required to attend the August commencement event, but we promise to make it a special celebration for you and your family. Regardless, your official graduation date will not be delayed, and your diplomas will be delivered. More details will be made available soon.

I realize this news prompts numerous questions. I ask you to please be patient as our Deans and Faculty contact you with details of what this decision means for all academic activity moving forward. Our Residence Life team will soon be announcing a safe and orderly plan for scheduling permanent move out of residence halls. The latest information on all of these topics can be found at our Coronavirus website in an updated FAQ section.

I also recognize that while this news prompts a sense of relief for some, it prompts sadness for others. I share both of these feelings. Contributing to our thought process in delaying this decision until now was a strong desire to not conclude the on-campus, in-classroom experience for our students — especially our graduating seniors — unless absolutely necessary. But nothing is more important than the safety and wellbeing of our students, and I believe this to be the most responsible course of action.

Please know that our faculty and staff, while not together on campus, are present, fully engaged and ready to support you throughout these unusual circumstances. Please reach out to faculty or staff, or e-mail covid19response@belmont.edu with your questions and concerns in the weeks to come. 

Completing our academic year in this fashion was unimaginable just a few short weeks ago. My hope is that we do not let these changes and circumstances create in us a sense of fear, defeat or hopelessness. Instead, let’s lean on the ONE in whom all our fates rest, and live carefully but courageously through these trying times.

Sincerely,

Bob Fisher

 


What is Belmont Doing Now to Prevent & Prepare for Coronavirus

Belmont is actively taking preventative measures to keep the campus safe:

  • The University’s Health Services department is staying abreast of current CDC information and remaining in constant communication with Metro and state health officials.
  • Patients visiting the University’s Health Services clinic showing symptoms of respiratory illness will be asked about travel history and will be treated following CDC protocol.
  • If patients are identified as meeting CDC guidelines for possible infection, they will be isolated and the Health Department contacted to determine if testing is indicated.
  • The University has purchased large quantities of hand sanitizer that is being placed at areas across campus. Belmont is following CDC cleaning protocol with CDC approved disinfectant.
  • A multi-disciplinary team consisting of representatives across campus is meeting consistently to monitor the situation, take precautionary measures, procure necessary materials and prepare plans in the event of a case being identified on campus.