Message from the President: Important Update on COVID-19 Planning

Created: March 11, 2020
Last Updated: March 11, 2020



Please see W&J’s Updates on Coronavirus webpage for regular updates to information, FAQs, and resources.

Dear W&J Community:

I am sure all of you are paying attention the global spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which has understandably raised questions and concerns about how we at W&J might be affected. While no one can predict how this global health crisis will play out in the coming weeks, you may rest assured that we are working hard to ensure that our campus is well-prepared for a variety of contingencies.

To answer many of your questions, we have posted a series of FAQs on our website. These address issues ranging from instructional continuity to health services to off-campus travel. The answers to some of these questions will evolve as circumstances require. What I can say now is that the college intends to continue normal operations for the foreseeable future, with contingency plans to make prudent changes if necessary.

Dr. Jeff Frick, Dean of the College, is leading our coronavirus response on an institution-wide basis. Later this week he will provide more information and specific guidance for those preparing to return to campus after spring break.

We are in touch with our counterparts at many other colleges and universities to share insights and learn from each other. I am personally grateful to the many people in our community who have been working tirelessly to ensure that we are addressing all facets of this complex situation.

If your questions are not addressed by the FAQs, please email our workgroup at We will make sure the appropriate person responds to you as quickly as possible.


John C. Knapp, Ph.D.

President and Professor

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