All Brenau campuses to move to digital learning and support beginning March 23

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (March 12, 2020) — In order to protect the health and safety of the community during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Brenau University will suspend on-ground classes beginning Monday, March 16, and shift to an online learning and support process on Monday, March 23.

There have been no cases of COVID-19 on any Brenau campus. The decision was made by university officials out of an abundance of caution and following the World Health Organization on Wednesday offering necessary guidance and labeling the novel coronavirus outbreak a worldwide pandemic.

On-ground classes and experiential learning, including internships and clinicals, will continue through tomorrow, Friday, March 13. When possible, faculty will provide alternative ways for students to satisfy these remaining requirements. All classes that can be taught online will be starting Monday, March 23, at all campuses and levels. Current online courses will continue uninterrupted.

In order to mitigate possible exposure to the virus, all students who are able to leave campus will be required to leave. The university will assist in a move from campus to home by Sunday, March 22. For those students who need to remain on campus, a waiver request is available and the university will do its best to provide them with individual single rooms.

Faculty and most staff will work remotely beginning Monday, March 23.

Effective immediately, faculty, staff and student-only events through the remainder of the semester are canceled. All Gainesville community events scheduled to be held on Brenau Gainesville campuses through April 3 are canceled. Future Gainesville community events will be evaluated on a weekly basis beginning Monday, April 6.

All spring extracurricular activities, including athletic practices and games, are canceled for the balance of the spring semester.

Questions regarding the university’s response to COVID-19 can be directed to Ben McDade at