Sullivan University’s Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Informational Webpage

Updated: March 26th, 3:46pm EDT

Sullivan University officials are closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and its presence in Louisville, Lexington and surrounding areas. Sullivan University is following its Pandemic Preparedness Plan along with guidance and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and local and state health authorities. While officials have taken steps to minimize exposure to the Sullivan University community, it is important that everyone do their part to help minimize the potential spread of the virus. Sullivan University strongly encourages all students, faculty, staff and visitors to become familiar with prevention and self-isolation protocols and procedures announced by the CDC. Links contained on this webpage provide easy access to those sites and information.

Sullivan University has decided to delay the start of the spring, 2020 term from Monday, March 30, 2020 to Monday, April 6, 2020. This will not impact the overall term in any substantial way. Please note this is a delay only, and not a cancellation of the spring term. Nearly all courses in the spring will be delivered online and/or through a simulated experience for the first half of the term. It is expected that near the mid-point of the term, courses that require in-person lab experiences will be able to meet in small numbers and in a controlled manner that ensures proper social distancing. These details are currently being finalized.

As of Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. and until further notice, all Sullivan University locations are closed in compliance with Governor Beshear’s Executive Order. Only those involved in essential functions may be in a building or workspace. This does not mean the University is no longer operating. In fact and to the contrary, students and employees remain engaged electronically, and everything continues to move forward. We are excited about starting our spring term and the familiarity and routine that comes with being in school and pressing on toward your educational goals.

For students who may have a question or need, the following departments may be contacted by email or phone:

Academic Services: Financial Planning: Admissions: Student Services: Career Services:
Louisville & Ft. Knox: 502-413-8515 502-456-6771 502-413-8530 502-413-8614 502-413-8600
Lexington: 859-514-7620 859-514-4660 859-514-7641 859-997-5451 859-514-7680

In accordance with CDC recommendations for large gatherings scheduled over the next eight weeks, Sullivan University has decided to cancel its spring commencement ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2020. Graduates who would have normally participated in the April ceremony will be invited to walk during the fall commencement ceremony on Saturday, October 17, 2020. More information will be sent to each student via their Sullivan University email address.

Below are some frequently asked questions that address how Sullivan University is managing the situation:

FAQ 1: How will my classes be impacted if the University has to shut down campus operations or class meetings?

Changes to the spring start date have been announced in the narrative above.  At this time, it is not anticipated that the end date of the spring term will change.

FAQ 2: How can I prevent the spread of this virus (and others)?

The best way to prevent the spread is to follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendations shown here:

FAQ 3: Where can I learn more about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
FAQ 4: What are the symptoms and what should I do if I am sick?

The Centers for Disease Control addresses symptoms, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you are sick here:

FAQ 5: I’m a housing students and can’t go home if I become sick. What will I need to do if I become symptomatic?

In the event a housing student becomes symptomatic and/or is diagnosed with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pathogen, Sullivan University has made plans that will allow for isolation and quarantine within a specific and remote area housing at both the Gardiner Point Residence Hall, and in the apartment style housing in Lexington.  In such an instance, food service will be provided to the affected individual(s), along with any necessary supportive care.

FAQ 6: I’m a faculty or staff member who may need to miss work in the event I become ill or am exposed to the virus and need to self-isolate. How will my absence be handled?

Faculty and staff in such a situation should remain off-campus and communicate as soon as possible with their supervisor.  Supervisors will consult with the institution’s Human Resources department who will coordinate staffing decisions with appropriate members of the administration.  The Human Resources department will share timely information about leave exceptions, etc., via email.

FAQ 7: What’s the best way to stay informed about any changes at the University?

Changes and announcements will be added to this site, and announcements will be made by email and, when appropriate, through the Sullivan University App.  To download the App, navigate to:

FAQ 8: I’m a new student expecting to start classes in March, June or September. What do I need to know?

The start of the spring term for all courses, on-campus, online or blended, has been delayed from March 30, 2020 to April 6, 2020.  New student registration and orientation will be available online.  Contact your Admissions Advisor for more information.

FAQ 9: I’m a faculty or staff member and I’m scheduled to go to a conference. Should I go?

As of March 11, 2020, and in accordance with recommendations from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, all business-related, out-of-state travel must immediately cease.  Faculty and staff should reference recent emails from the institution’s Vice President for Human Resources, Melissa Lowe, for more information.

FAQ 10: Where can I access the University’s Pandemic Preparedness Plan?

Faculty and staff may access the Plan on the Intranet under Handbooks and Manuals.  Students may access the Plan on the student portal.

FAQ 11: I’m experiencing symptoms. What should I do?

If you are symptomatic, you should follow the recommendations described on the CDC website that includes contacting your doctor.  You should also remain off-campus to avoid infecting others, and you should reach out to your faculty members via email, phone, or through Blackboard.  It is important to communicate with your faculty members, so they may assist you should the illness create any interruption in your course engagement.

FAQ 12: What other community resources are available to assist me during this difficult time?

For a list of community resources available to assist you during this time, please click here

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