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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?

No. As of today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving students, faculty, or staff at Holy Names University.

Are you moving classes online?
  • Yes. Classes began taking place online on Monday, March 16, 2020 and will continue to be held remotely for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.
  • 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 will 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 financialaid@hnu.edu. 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 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.
  • HNU is urging faculty, staff, and students to stay home if they experience any sign of illness, and is promoting the concept of “social distancing” to further reduce the concentration of people currently at the institution.
  • Custodial staff is also taking extensive measures to disinfect high-traffic areas as well as surfaces (e.g. doorknobs and restrooms).
  • To reduce exposure risks, there is no self-service in the dining halls. We will be offering grab-and-go meals only with limited menu options. Further information about campus life during the shelter-in-place order will be forthcoming.
  • Restrooms and other public areas are well-stocked with soap and hand sanitizer.
  • HNU has canceled all campus events until at least April 7, 2020, in accordance with the Alameda County shelter-in-place order, and will continue to follow government guidelines regarding group gatherings.
Is HNU planning a campus closure? And if so, when will this be announced?
  • HNU is currently following a shelter-in-place order issued by Alameda County but is not planning a campus closure at this time.
  • HNU is following California Department of Public Health Guidelines for Colleges and Universities, CDC, and US Department of Education guidance with regard to best practices for protecting students, faculty, and staff if confronted with specific instances of exposure.
  • If HNU decides to close the campus, faculty, staff, and students will receive a Send Word Now notification. All notifications will also be emailed to HNU email addresses, posted to HNU’s website, www.hnu.edu (accessible from the home page) and shared via HNU’s social media channels. 
Will you be holding events on campus?
  • We have canceled all campus events until at least April 7, 2020, at which point we will make a decision based on CDC 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, www.hnu.edu (accessible from the home page) and shared via HNU’s social media channels.