In response to the increasing threat of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), University of the Cumberlands announced today that all remaining in-person classes for the spring semester will be delivered through an online platform.
“Based on recommendations from public health officials, we believe this is the most prudent course of action for all involved,” said Cumberlands President, Dr. Larry Cockrum. “In making this decision, our goal is to not only provide academic continuity to our students but to also protect the health and well-being of every person connected to the Cumberlands community.”
Residential students, which were on spring break when the initial move to online classes took place, will have an opportunity to retrieve their belongings from campus housing. Additionally, students who are unable to return home, such as international students facing travel restrictions, will be able to remain in campus housing as necessary.
Cockrum said he understands that the loss of access to residence halls and meal plans was not anticipated, so the University is applying a prorated room and board credit to residential student accounts.
In an email to faculty and staff, Cockrum noted the University campus will remain open on a limited basis but most employees will work remotely for the next few weeks. Cockrum also pointed out that the University will provide normal pay and benefits for all employees for the foreseeable future.
“These are times of great uncertainty, so we want to reduce stress as much as possible for our employees and students,” said Cockrum. “In my many years of life, I have never seen anything like what we are now experiencing. We are all in this together, in unchartered territory. I have faith that the challenges we face today will bring out the very best in each of us.”
Cumberlands will continue to provide updates through campus email and the University COVID-19 website.