Campus Impact

What is Southeastern doing to prevent the spread of illness on campus?

The university has an Emergency Preparedness Task Force and an administration that is prepared to respond to prevent the spread of any infectious disease. That group is closely monitoring updates on the situation from the Centers for Disease Control and is using their guidance and recommendations to inform our own campus response. We work closely with local and state officials, and North Oak Health System, to help address communicable diseases and help keep our students, faculty, staff and university community aware, safe and healthy.

Currently we are aggressively communicating preventative measures.We are increasing cleaning efforts and safety measures as well.

  • On March 18, Southeastern moved all classes to online or remote delivery. This change will continue through the end of the spring 2020 semester.

  • All on-campus or university affiliate events have been cancelled.

  • Travel abroad programs and university sponsored travel have been cancelled.

  • All staff who are at a higher risk of infection are to work remotely where possible and all other staff are strongly encourage to work remotely.

Does the university have any travel restrictions in place for students and employees?

While all official travel has been subject to close monitoring, effective immediately, university-sponsored travel has been cancelled. This applies to new travel as well as any currently booked trips until further notice.

 

Are international students able to travel back to their home countries? Should an international student fly home if they were planning to leave at the end of the academic semester?

International students should monitor the travel guidance issued by the Federal government and be aware that while they may be able to fly home, return may not be possible.

Are there plans to close Southeastern?

Southeastern currently has no plans to completely close campus. However, we are committed to ensuring the safety of our students, faculty and staff and are actively monitoring the situation in order to best make decisions on classes and campus changes. Southeastern has now implemented plans to move all classes online.  This begins Wednesday, March 18.  Campus will remain open, however, the university will modify normal campus operations depending on the situation and need.

How do parents remain current with Southeastern’s plans?

Parents should monitor this website and official social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter, for the latest information.

What is the status of current Study Abroad programs?

  • Travel abroad programs and university sponsored travel have been cancelled.

 

Should I cancel my spring break trip?

Southeastern has placed restrictions on university sponsored travel by students, faculty and staff. We also strongly discourage personal travel to any areas that are seeing a growing number of COVID-19 cases. Given the rapidly changing nature of the virus, if you choose to travel to these affected areas you may be asked to undergo a 14-day isolation off campus upon return.

What should I do if I'm sick?

Anyone who is sick, including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, should seek medical care immediately and call ahead to the University Health Clinic or doctor’s office to inform them of recent travel and symptoms.

Will the UHC get access to coronavirus testing? Does the university have a plan if a student remaining on campus contracts the coronavirus?

The UHC will not have access to testing. The testing done for the immediate region will be done by North Oaks. This is a planned and coordinated effort to maximize the use of limited testing resources. The university does have a plan in place for further developments of the spread of the virus and will enact those if the need occurs.

Are all student organization meetings and activities cancelled?

Yes, student groups should find alternative ways of meeting such as Google Hangout.

Events in OSE are canceled through the end of the semester. Will the DSA Convocation also be canceled? Is there any chance that later events will still happen?

Yes, the DSA Convocation is canceled. Events will only resume after classes return to campus.

How will student-recruitment events like campus tours and orientation be held?

Currently all recruitment events/activities are canceled through mid April. The Admissions team is working to identify virtual and remote solutions to showcase Southeastern to prospective students and will publicize those as they may materialize to appropriate audiences. 

Will there be any student worker positions that will be closed indefinitely? 

At this time, no student worker positions will be closed. Student Workers and Graduate Assistants are strongly encouraged to work remotely. Please contact your supervisor for information reagrding the telecommuting process.

Can student workers work during scheduled class times if classes are now online?

Student Workers may be allowed to work during a previously scheduled class time IF the class will not meet online at that time. The student must provide documentation to the supervisor of the class change before being allowed to work. The system functionality preventing students from clocking in while scheduled to be in class will be temporarily disabled.

Will there be a foreseeable date of return for this semester, or will the remainder of the semester’s in-class courses take place remotely through May?

Based on current guidance, and in coordination with other universities, classes will continue to be delivered remotely through the remainder of the semester.  

I am scheduled to graduate and study abroad is my last needed course. What now?

An alternate course or course criteria will be provided by the academic department.

Is Spring Commencement canceled, and if so, will my graduation fee be returned? Can I return my cap and gown?

A decision about graduation has not been made at this time. It is very likely that Spring Commencement as currently scheduled will be cancelled. System and institution staff are working with student leaders to identify alternate programming or recognition in lieu of the traditional Commencement ceremony. More details will be forthcoming.

If there is no graduation ceremony, will you still receive your diploma?   

Yes. Diplomas are not typically distributed at Commencement. They are mailed to the student. 

Will this affect financial aid disbursements?    

The disbursement schedule has not been changed.

When is priority registration?

Priority registration is now scheduled for April 6, 2020 at 8:00 am through April 9, 2020 at 5:30 pm.

How will we get advised for the summer and fall semesters? Is my advising appointment still happening if scheduled?

Yes, your advising appointment will move to an online format. Visit southeastern.edu/recordsandregistration for details regarding advising for Summer and Fall 2020.

If we need to take the Accuplacer, is the testing office still offering tests?

All accuplacer testing is on hold at this time. Please continue to monitor the Southeastern website for updates.