Emergency Preparedness

April 06, 2020 6:00 PM EST

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update #7

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update #7

The Command Decision Team continues regular meetings to monitor COVID-19 and its impact nationwide as well as here in Florida. We are implementing the very latest guidance from public health authorities as well as enforcing federal, state and local mandates as they are issued.

In addition to informing the Barry University community of any policy changes or immediate updates, we will send regular communications regarding our overall response.

Since our last update, it has been determined that our Summer I session will be delivered remotely. This decision was made to allow students and faculty to plan for the near future. Should it become safe to return to in-person instruction, adjustments can be made accordingly on a course-by-course basis. A decision on Summer II will be forthcoming in May.

Access to all campuses and sites remains strictly limited to remaining resident students and personnel supporting essential basic functions. The University is housing just over 300 residential students, with strict social distancing policies being enforced.

In response to new studies that indicate a significant portion of people with COVID-19 do not show symptoms or spread the virus before symptoms appear, the CDC now advises everyone wear cloth face coverings in public settings such as grocery stores or pharmacies, where social distancing is difficult. It is important to note that they do not recommend using surgical masks or N95 respirators, which they advise should be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders. Information on masks can be found here.

We would also like to share that Comcast recently announced an offer for University students who need internet service to help them stay connected during the pandemic. The offer involves two free months of their Internet Essential service. Information can be found here.

Additionally, in light of the mid-semester shift in course delivery and the hardships many are facing due to the pandemic, the University has temporarily modified Grading and Registration policy as follows:

Modifications to the Grading Policy for the Spring 2020 semester:

For the spring semester only, the University policy pertaining to Credit/No Credit (pass/fail) grades has been revised.  Most undergraduate students will have the option to take any or all of their current courses on a Credit/No Credit basis.  Undergraduate students are highly encouraged to discuss this option with their academic advisors so that they make the optimal decision for their academic progress.  For Graduate students, revision to the Credit/No Credit policy will be determined by the individual School or College. The modified policy is available here.

Modifications to Registration Policy for Summer and Fall 2020:

In recognition of the financial implications of the global pandemic, University administration is modifying registration policy in order to accommodate any students who may be facing hardship. Previously, students were unable to register for classes if their account balance exceeded $499. In light of the current situation, this balance limit is now $5,000. Any students with an account balance up to this limit will be able to register for upcoming sessions.

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BarryU Emergency Alerts

In the event of a campus emergency or severe weather, Barry University uses a system of alerts that aim to ensure the health and safety of its students, faculty, and staff.

The University's official communications will be made via:

  • Social Media
  • University internal and external websites
  • SMS, Phone Recordings
  • Email
  • On-Campus Alerts

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to update their contact information to ensure they receive text, voice and email alerts.