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COVID-19 Campus FAQ

This page will be updated as information becomes available.

Are there any known cases of COVID-19 on the HNU campus?

Yes, there is one student who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on April 3, 2020. The last time this individual was on campus was one day short of the 14-day incubation period, which meant it was important for us to track any proximity to others at HNU on that day. The very few people the student encountered on that day have been notified of the diagnosis, are monitoring their health for any symptoms, and are taking appropriate social distancing precautions.

The individual is in quarantine at home, off-campus and has had no further contact with anyone in the HNU community since moving out of the residence halls. We will continue to notify you if we become aware of any additional cases and respond accordingly.

Are you moving classes online?
  • Yes. Classes began taking place online on Monday, March 16, 2020 and will continue to be held remotely through the summer 2020 terms.
  • We are working to ensure that all faculty and students have the necessary resources to appropriately engage on the remote teaching platform. Information has been sent to their HNU email. This will give all students the option to leave campus if they choose to. 
  • Students in the School of Nursing and the School of Education receive information directly from the Dean of their respective school.


Is the HNU campus still open?
  • Since the risk of contracting COVID-19 is only increasing, we are taking further measures to protect our campus community. As of March 20, 2020, only campus residents and essential staff are allowed on campus until further notice.
  • The HNU campus is currently following a shelter-in-place order from Alameda County and the state of California. It bans all non-essential gatherings and directs everyone to stay inside their homes and away from others as much as possible. Exceptions include trips to seek food and essential medical care and checking on those who need assistance. View announcement from the Alameda County Office of Public Health.
  • HNU is currently following the California Department of Public Health Guidelines for Colleges and Universities to determine appropriate action regarding a potential campus closure, as well as monitoring guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the United States Department of Education.
Are the residence halls still open?

Holy Names University has determined that the safest course of action is to continue to minimize risk by further reducing the number of residents on campus.

We are asking those who have safe housing alternatives to move out of HNU residence halls for the remainder of the term. Those who are still on campus must obtain approval or make arrangements to move out by Monday, March 30.

For residents who move out, the University will credit the pro-rated refund of housing and meal plans based on the March 30 move-out date to your student account. This may or may not affect the your Financial Aid package. Please allow time to see the changes reflected on your student account.

Questions about the impact to your aid package should be directed to the Financial Aid Office at Our Financial Aid team is committed to responding to inquiries in a timely manner.

How is HNU protecting students from contracting COVID-19?
  • HNU is currently following shelter-in-place and social distancing orders from state and county health officials.
  • Campus is currently closed to everyone but residents and essential staff.
  • All campus dining has been suspended until the Fall semester.
  • All campus events have been canceled until state or county health officials deem it safe to hold them.
  • Custodial staff is taking extensive measures to disinfect high-traffic areas as well as surfaces (e.g. doorknobs and restrooms).
  • Restrooms and other public areas are well-stocked with soap and hand sanitizer.
Will you be holding events on campus?
  • We have canceled all campus events until CDC provides further guidance regarding the safety of holding group gatherings.
  • We have decided to postpone our May 2020 Commencement ceremonies until it is safe to hold them.
Will you cancel commencement?

We will not cancel commencement but have decided to postpone both ceremonies until it is safe to hold them. While this decision was hard to make, we are clear that now is the time to take all possible precautions. We will continue to monitor the situation and will notify you once we have confirmed an alternate ceremony date.

Students graduating in May 2020:

We know that this news is disappointing to you because you have worked so hard to celebrate this well-earned achievement with your families and friends. However, we do plan to provide a ceremony for you once it is possible. As soon as we have a date set, we will let you know. There will be ample advance notice so that you and your families can prepare, arrange travel, etc.

All students who have been charged a graduation fee on their account will receive a credit to their HNU account ($200 for MA, BA, BS, and $50 for certificate or credential).

We expect to hear from Herff Jones sometime this week about the status of the academic attire that has been ordered and will share an update once we have one.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we all live through these difficult times. Be assured of our support and know that you are remembered very specially in our prayers as you complete these last classes in preparation for graduating.



What library resources are available online?

Cushing Library is here to support student success during the move to online classes impacted by COVID-19.  Many of our resources are available online. Here’s a list of services that we will continue to offer whether students are doing course work at home or in the residence halls:

  • Visit the library website to help guide you to our online resources, including eBooks and research articles.
  • Items currently checked out and due during this period will have any overdue fines waived.
  • We have reached out to our interlibrary loan lending libraries to ask for renewals and extended loan periods.  We will send updated emails to individuals with materials checked out from other libraries.
  • Article requests will still be fulfilled through interlibrary loan and be delivered via email. We will suspend book requests as the library and delivery services are closed.
  • View guidance for accessing online texts similar to those on reserve.  We are currently working on solutions/alternatives to offer course reserves material.
  • Student laptops and iPads will be available for an extended loan period until at least April 7.
  • We’re still here…but online! Librarians are available to chat, text, and email for research help. Look for our “Ask a Librarian” tab on the right side of our webpage, or select how you would like to contact us under the “Need Help?” section from our homepage.
  • Visit our distance learning guide for help accessing library resources online.
How will we receive updates from HNU?

All notifications will be emailed to the campus community, posted to HNU’s website, (accessible from the home page) and shared via HNU’s social media channels.