A Message From the University Chancellor

We miss having all of our students back on campus, and we know our students with fully remote class schedules miss being in the classroom. Together, we are adjusting to the protocols that have been established to balance our priority of creating a safe environment while keeping students on track to complete their coursework.

The realities and implications of COVID-19 continue to inform our decisions regarding the spring semester. Once again, we evaluated different scenarios based on the most current government and public health guidance and projections for 2021. Based on the information we have today, we have decided to move the first day of class to Tuesday, January 19, 2021. This delayed start will accommodate Providence Campus students arriving from “hot spot” states should the 14-day requirement for quarantine still be in place at the start of 2021. Like so many other colleges, we are also cancelling spring break. This will allow us to complete the academic year as planned. Since the summer, we have been meeting to discuss how to celebrate commencement and will share more details in early 2021.

More detailed information about the spring semester and who will be invited to campus will be shared with you shortly from your campus president.

Should circumstances occur over the coming weeks that may effect our decisions regarding the spring semester, we will inform you as quickly as possible. Although COVID-19 continues to impact our academic year, we have found many creative and fun ways to stay connected and engaged. After a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine or treatment is developed and distributed, we can look forward to returning to our normal way of life and celebrating traditional college experiences. Until then, let’s do our part to keep our campuses open and keep each other safe. #InThisTogetherJWU.

Portrait of JWU Chancellor Mim Runey, LP.D.

“Although COVID-19 continues to impact our academic year, we have found many creative and fun ways to stay connected and engaged.”CHANCELLOR MIM RUNEY, LP.D.