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May 14 | BCUpdate

Thank you for joining us for the 5th BCUpdate, hosted by Nic Scandrett, Athletic Director. Today’s update covers a variety of important topics and helps answer questions provided by each of you. 
  • 00:00 - Nic Scandrett, Athletic Director
    00:10 - Congratulations!
    00:27 - COVID-19 Update
    00:40 - Champions of Character Awards
    01:18 - Charger Superfan
    01:39 - NAIA Updates
    02:20 - GPAC Updates
    02:38 - “Herkout” Update
    03:20 - Important Fall Dates
    04:15 - NAIA Eligibility Center 
    04:44 - Student-Athlete Forms Reminder
    05:10 - Erich Erdman added to admissions
    05:30 - Newman Flanagan Center updates
    05:55 - President Karstens becomes Doctor Karstens
  • 06:14 - Dr. Rachelle Karstens, President
    06:20 - Congratulations!
    06:53 - Refund Information (Student Financial Services)
    09:25 - Benefit Packages for Employees
    09:50 - Summer Campus Use & Plans
    11:24 - BCUpdate Frequency
  • 12:56 - Dr. Todd Knealing, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
    12:56 - Congratulations!
    13:14 - Pass/Nonpass Policy
    13:50 - RSVP for Graduation
    14:19 - Fall Plans
    14:46 - Director of Personal and Professional Development Announcement
  • 16:07 - Matt Thomsen, Vice President for Enrollment Management
    16:16 - Enrollment Update
    16:37 - Virtual Orientations
    17:14 - The Promise Scholarship
  • 18:28 - Tina Stroud, Vice President of University Relations
    18:45 - Emergency Scholarship Fund
    19:20 - Welcome to the Alumni Association: Toast to the Tassel
    19:52 - Alumni Stories
    20:04 - Alumni Awards: Mackenzie Lien (’18) and Matt Holmes (’00)
  • 22:16 - Sr. Pat Doody, Vice President of Mission and Leadership
    22:24 - Congratulations!
    23:05 - Closing Prayer
The next BCUpdate will be Thursday, May 28 at 4 PM. You will receive a link to a recording of the BCUpdate, which will contain important Briar Cliff information in the midst of COVID-19. 
We invite ideas for recommended topics for future BCUpdates. Please submit any questions you would like answered or ideas for topics by clicking here.

May 7 | BCUpdate

Thank you for joining us for the fourth BCUpdate, hosted by Matt Thomsen, VP for Enrollment Management. Today’s update covers a variety of important topics and helps answer questions provided by each of you. 
  • 0:21 - Matt Thomsen, VP for Enrollment Management
    1:11 - Enrollment Update
    2:30 - Nursing Rates in Response to COVID-19
    3:35 - New Efforts (Website & Facebook Group)
    4:15 - Virtual Visits & Virtual Orientations
    5:20 - Team Updates
    6:50 - Connecting with Prospective Students 
  • 8:10 - Dr. Rachelle Karstens, President
    8:11 - Health Reminders
    8:30 - COVID-19 Refund Update
    8:55 - Open Employee Positions
    9:37 - Visiting Campus
    10:37 - Support Services (Human Resources)
    11:19 - Celebrating Class of 2020
  • 12:08 - Timm Funk, VP for Finance and Administration
    12:14 - Going Green & Going Safe
    12:53 - Financial Aid
    13:37 - Student Accounts
    13:51 - Finance Update
  • 14:55 - Dr. Todd Knealing, VP for Academic and Student Affairs
    14:56 - Semester End
    15:25 - Commencement Ceremony Apparel
    15:55 - Fall 2020 Plans
  • 16:42 - Tina Stroud, VP for University Relations
    16:42 - Alumni Community
    17:11 - Global Giving Tuesday NOW
    17:54 - BCUnited Emergency Scholarship Fund
  • 19:26 - Sr. Pat Doody, VP of Mission and Leadership
    19:40 - COVID-19 and our Catholic Franciscan Heritage & Mission
    23:50 - Closing Prayer
Each Thursday at 4 PM, you will receive a link to a recording of the BCUpdate, which will contain important Briar Cliff information in the midst of COVID-19. Nic Scandrett, Athletic Director, will host the next meeting on May 14.
We invite ideas for recommended topics for future BCUpdates. Please submit any questions you would like answered or ideas for topics by clicking here.

April 30 | BCUpdate

Thank you for joining us for the third BCUpdate, hosted by Timm Funk, Vice President for Finance and Administration. Today’s update covers a variety of important topics and helps answer questions provided by each of you. 

Each Thursday at 4 PM, you will receive a link to a recording of the BCUpdate, which will contain important Brair Cliff information in the midst of COVID-19. Matt Thomsen, VP for Enrollment Management, will host the next meeting on May 7.
We invite ideas for recommended topics for future BCUpdates. Please submit any questions you would like answered or ideas for topics by clicking here.

 

April 23 | BCUpdate

 
Thank you for joining us for the second BCUpdate, hosted by Dr. Todd Knealing, VP for Academic and Student Affairs. Today’s update covers a variety of important topics and also answers questions submitted by each of you. 
  • Pass/non-pass grading option for the Spring semester
    • Refer to the April 15 email
  • Fall contingency planning
  • Summer courses to be held online
  • Online Library services
  • End of semester support
  • Commencement Ceremony, Pinning for Nursing, Hooding for DPT, Honors Convocation, and other celebrations
  • Campus Updates
  • Fall plans
  • Refund update
  • Online Orientation update
  • Virtual visits 
  • Enrollment update
  • Fall 2020 athletic season
  • Athletic recruiting update
  • Champions of Character virtual announcements
  • Toast to the Tassel
  • Virtual interviewing program
  • Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque
  • Closing Prayer
We invite ideas for recommended topics for future BCUpdates. Please submit any questions you would like answered or ideas for future topics by clicking here.
Be safe and God bless.

 

April 16 | BCUpdate

 
The following supporting information is mentioned in this video:
Each Thursday at 4 PM, you will receive a link to a recording of the BCUpdate, which will contain important Briar Cliff updates in the midst of COVID-19. Dr. Todd Knealing, VP of Academic and Student Affairs, will host the next meeting on April 23.
We invite ideas for recommended topics for future BCUpdates. Please submit any questions you would like answered or ideas for future topics by clicking here. 
Thank you for joining us today.

 

March 27 | Mandatory Social Distancing Policy

Woodbury County, of which Briar Cliff University is located, has had three confirmed cases of COVID-19. Unfortunately, we are anticipating this is only the beginning and fully expect additional cases in the community. Leadership at BCU has been preparing for this eventuality and your health and safety is our top priority.

Attached you will find a Mandatory Social Distancing Policy, which goes into effect immediately. This policy further emphasizes the importance of social distancing and the requirements set by local, state and national leaders. The policy includes:

  • You should maintain a physical distance from others of at least 6 feet and no gatherings of any kind in excess of 10 people should take place anywhere on campus.
  • If you are sick, we ask that you stay home (or in your residence hall room) until you meet the appropriate guidelines to return to campus or to resume your regular activities.
  • Those who have been granted permission to come to campus must complete the Briar Cliff University Confidential Health Form if they meet any of the criteria outlined in the policy.

Please keep your instructors and Briar Cliff Health Services informed if you are not feeling well. If you, or someone you have been in contact with, has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact Jo Morgan immediately by emailing CarlaJo.Morgan@briarcliff.eduor by calling (712) 279-5436.

Stay Informed

The Iowa Department of Public Health is continually updating information about COVID-19 concerns. The following graph is information about current cases in Iowa. Please note, many are within the age group of 18 – 40, roughly 55 cases. Please, continue to be diligent about protecting your health and those around you. The CDC and the World Health Organization continue to be great resources for ongoing tips and information on how to protect yourself.


 

March 20 | Facilities & Resources

In preparation for Monday, we wanted to share with you some important updates and resources.

As you know, Briar Cliff University has been making many decisions and adjustments informed by the guidance of local, state and national officials in response to protecting ourselves from COVID-19.

  1. Open Facilities
    In support of new mandates, the residence halls, Heelan Hall rooms 112 and 138 (computer labs for students), and the Stark Student Center will be the only campus buildings open and accessible to students, effective immediately. As a reminder, you are to limit group gatherings to 10 people or less, as directed by the Governor. 
  1. Travel
    In addition, please limit your travel to and from the campus. We understand you may need to report to work, get groceries or go to an appointment, however, we ask that you limit all non-essential travel. If you are no longer a campus resident, we ask that you stay home until further notice. This is imperative if we are to flatten the curve and slow/stop the spread of this virus.
  1. On-Campus Resources
    To further protect our employees, only those employees who have been determined as essential to operations are allowed to return and/or remain on campus until further notice. With the increased amount of staff working off-campus, we ask that you call or email those who you may need to work with. Beginning immediately, all appointments will be handled virtually until further notice

    Here is the contact information for some of our essential student services. All others are available on our website: www.briarcliff.edu:
  1. Preparation
    We are fully anticipating restrictive measures that could be potentially be implemented in the near future. For instance, if government officials mandate citizens to “shelter in place,” we want to be sure you are aware of the limitations this may cause. If you are currently living on campus, this will make any movement away from campus more difficult. Many of you may prefer to be confined with your families, where you can lean on each other for support. We recommend you return home as soon as possible to avoid any potential future restrictions. 

I encourage each of you to continue to live our values, to be a caring community, and to support each other, your neighbors, and community during this challenging time. Most of you are not at the highest risk of this disease, because of your age and because you have been blessed with good health. I urge you to exercise leadership, compassion and service by taking every precaution – to mitigate risk to the elderly and to those with a compromised immune system, many of whom are part of our campus community.

 

I hope you join me in social distancing, minimal travel and common health measures. Together, lets protect our health and those around us.


 

March 17 | Activity Centers & Library

In response to Gov. Reynold’s mandate, and to further protect your health and wellness, we are closing the following activity centers:

  • McCoy-Arnold Center
  • Newman Flannagan Center, and 
  • Sharon and Larry Walsh Wellness Center, 

until March 31, subject to further mandates from the Governor’s office. These facilities will remain open to employees whose offices are located in this areas for work purposes only, as authorized.

Effective immediately, the Bishop Mueller Library is also closed. Online resources, online database access, and virtual librarian services are still available and will remain available to students. Please watch for more specific information soon. 

Computer labs remain available in Heelan Hall in Rooms 112 and 138. Please note usage will be limited to 10 people in each room at a time, in compliance with the Governor’s mandate. 

Also, as a reminder, per the communication sent earlier today and in compliance with the Governor’s mandate, cafeteria meals will be limited to takeout meals only.

Please know that these decisions are in response to the Governor’s most recent update, with special attention given to the following section:

  • Restaurants and Bars: All Restaurants and Bars are hereby closed to the general public except that to the extent permitted by applicable law, and in accordance with any recommendations of the Iowa Department of Public Health, food and beverages may be sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises, such as on a carry-out or drive-through basis, or if the food or beverage is delivered to customers off the premises.
  • Fitness Center: All fitness centers, health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers are hereby closed.
  • Theaters: All theaters or other performance venues at which live performances or motion pictures are shown are hereby closed.
  • Casinos and Gaming Facilities: All casinos and other facilities conducting pari-mutuel wagering or gaming operations are hereby closed.
  • Mass Gathering: Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers. Planned large gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed until after termination of this disaster.
  • Senior Citizen Centers and Adult Daycare Facilities:  All facilities that conduct adult day services or other senior citizen centers are hereby closed.

 

March 16 | Online Learning Extension

While there are still no confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus, as a caring community, it is our intention to not only care for you and our campus community, but also for the Siouxland community at large. 

Please know that all University decisions are driven by our commitment to you, to your health and well-being, and to all of those with whom we serve, work, and educate. Briar Cliff University leaders, faculty, and staff are working diligently to make this transition as smooth as possible for all of you.

Due to the speed at which the COVID-19 global crisis is evolving, we in higher education across the globe find ourselves in unprecedented territory, with new information constantly emerging.

In response to the latest updates, Briar Cliff is implementing the following, effective immediately:

  1. Online Learning - In support of Gov. Reynold’s announcement last night, and to further protect the health and safety of our campus, class suspension is being extended through this week and online learning will commence Monday, March 23. Your professors will be reaching out to you. We have also made the decision to extend online courses through the end of the spring 2020 semester.

 

  1. Campus Housing - Residential on-campus students may still choose to return home or stay in your residence hall. If you do choose to stay on campus, please email Dave Arens by no later than 4 PM tomorrow, March 17. This is necessary so that we can be aware who is on campus for security and public health purposes. Additionally, campus housing will be checking rooms to ensure perishable items are removed, refrigerators and unnecessary electronics are unplugged, lights are off, windows are shut, etc.

Please know, residence halls will be open for you to return should you make the choice to move off-campus during this time. However, please be aware that in the event of an outbreak on campus or an official quarantine order, Briar Cliff may be forced to transition to a quarantine status. In that case, you may not be able to return to campus for a specific period of time. Rest assured, your belongings may be kept on campus, secured in your room, through the remainder of the 2020 spring semester. Our residential life staff will be following up with additional information as the situation unfolds.

If you choose to return to campus to collect your items, please do not visit if you have a fever, cough, or respiratory issues. Please send someone else to gather your belongings. 

If you would like to leave campus but cannot return home, please email Dave Arens

 

  1. AthleticsThe NAIA has canceled the Spring sports season, effective immediately. As such, there will be no Briar Cliff 2020 spring sports season. Athletes should watch for more information from Nic Scandrett, Briar Cliff Athletic Director. The NAIA national body issued the following statement regarding eligibility: “In an effort to provide relief, no spring sport student-athlete will be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent.” Please reach out to your coach if you have questions or concerns. 

 

  1. Travel - All-University sponsored travel is suspended, effective immediately, until further notice. This includes domestic and in-state travel.

 

  1. Experiential Learning - We are awaiting final determinations from the state and applicable accrediting bodies to address questions regarding cancelled or suspended student internships, clinicals, teaching, etc. Watch for more information.

 

  1. Events & Graduation - As recommended by the CDC, all Briar Cliff University events for the 2020 spring semester are canceled. The 2020 Commencement Ceremony has been postponed in light of the Governor’s mandate that no gatherings within the next 60 days exceed 50 people. We are awaiting guidance and further recommendations from our accreditors and the CDC before rescheduling.

 

  1. Work Study - Students may continue to report to work study. However, should campus services change, this may impact your ability to work. Your supervisor will connect with you as appropriate.

Lastly, please know that my Cabinet is in constant communication, meeting frequently, and monitoring the internal and external situation so we can best address the needs of our campus community. I owe a debt of gratitude to them, the Emergency Response team, and all of the Briar Cliff community for bearing the burdens of this tumultuous time. 

We will continue to communicate frequently with you as the situation evolves and as we confront this pandemic together. Our primary objectives are to keep our community safe and to continue to deliver our educational program for your benefit. Neither is without significant challenge, but we are called to deal with what is put in front of us to the best of our ability and that is what we are doing. I know that each of you will do the same. 

Be safe and ever diligent in protecting the health and welfare of yourself and others. Continue to ground yourselves in kindness as we travel this journey together. We will get through this together.

Finally, I want to express my gratitude to you – most particularly for your patience these past weeks. I know I speak for my colleagues in thanking this entire campus community for the patience, grace, and love that has been expressed and shared by all of you during this challenging time.  


 

March 13 | Campus Housing

With yesterday’s announcement of temporarily moving to an online learning environment, I have received many questions regarding living options, reimbursement and preparation for staying or leaving campus. The following contains a list of topics to help guide you through this transition.

Personal Belongings

Campus will remain open and we consider your residence room to be your home. You are welcome to leave your personal belongings on campus, should you choose to return home during this temporary online learning period. 

We do ask that you remove all perishable food, empty your trash, close your windows, and email your RA and me to check your room prior to leaving campus.

Food Services

The Briar Cliff cafeteria will remain open. As a precaution, self-serve stations are temporarily closed. Condiments, frequently used/touched items will have increased sanitation throughout the service shift. 

Refund Requests

Choosing to leave campus during this temporary period is optional and not required. We will remain open and you will continue to have access to your room, if you choose to leave and return during this period. We will notify you immediately should this flexibility change.

Since this is optional and temporary, similar to if you were renting an apartment, refunds will not be provided. 

Student Services
Student services such as the Compass, Campus Ministry, Health, Counseling, Student Accounts, etc. will remain open and available. Please call or email the individual you need to work with. We are limiting face-to-face meetings as much as possible during this time. 

Visitors & Gatherings

As a reminder, there should be no visitors on campus March 16 – April 14. This includes no visitors to your residence room should you choose to stay on campus during the temporary time. We also recommend avoiding crowds and gatherings. This is to further protect yourself and others from the virus.

Facilities

You may continue to use campus facilities, such as the gym, library and cafeteria. Please be mindful of proper hygiene and disinfecting measures that you can take to further protect yourself and others.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Dave Arens at david.arens@briarcliff.edu. 


 

March 12 | BCU Moving to Temporary Online Learning

The last few days have been full of uncertainty with respect to the spread of COVID-19. The leadership team has developed a plan, working alongside local, regional and national leaders, to ensure minimal interruption in coursework. We will do our best to walk alongside you as you also adjust to the following changes.  

As a caring community, we feel a responsibility to do what we can to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. To protect our campus community, Briar Cliff University will move to online instruction from March 19 until after Easter break, April 14. Classes will be suspended March 16 - 18 to allow faculty time to prepare for online instruction. At this time, we are planning to resume classes on April 14. You will be notified by April 7 whether online learning will be extended.

We are making this decision proactively to maintain the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Iowa Department of Public Health, as well as local health officials. 

Here are important items for you to know about this transition:

  1. Room & Board
    For residential on-campus students, you may choose to return home or stay in your residence hall. Residence halls and dining services will remain open, and we urge you to make the choice that is best for your own personal health and safety.

    If you plan to stay on campus between March 16 and April 14, you must notify residence life no later than 4 PM on March 17. Please email Dave Arens at David.Arens@briarcliff.edu about your plans.
  1. Technology
    Our campus will remain open to serve you and rely on the University’s technology, library services, and facilities.
    Should you choose to leave campus during this time, you will need to have the following technology available to continue your education:
  • High-speed internet.
  • A device to access Brightspace for online classes and to complete coursework.

We recommend you download the Brightspace (Pulse) app so you can have access to your classes through your cell phone. You can also add your Briar Cliff email to your cell phone for easy access. Please sign up for Briar Cliff campus notifications through the student portal, BCYou. We will send important alerts as needed.

  1. Events
    All on-campus and/or University-sponsored events will be suspended until further notice. A decision regarding athletic events will be made on Friday, March 13 in cooperation with the GPAC and NAIA. If you are a member of an athletic team, you will be receiving more information from your coach after a decision has been made.
  1. Visitors
    There will be no visitors allowed on campus during this time. We recommend avoiding crowds or gatherings to further protect yourself and others from the virus.

    We understand that there could be potential future impacts to your school or childcare resources, however, we ask that you do not bring your children to work during this time.
  1. Online Instruction
    Beginning March 19, lectures, discussion sections, seminars, and other similar classroom settings will move to online instruction to the greatest extent possible. 

    With respect to classroom experiences, such as laboratory and performance classes, your professors will provide specific guidance.

    If you have experiential learning requirements such as clinical experiences, student teaching, internships, etc., you are expected to report to those sites unless instructed otherwise.  
  1. Work Study
    You may continue to report to your work study position if you remain on campus. Additional sanitation and health measures will be taken. Please know this is optional. Please work with your supervisor to determine what is best for you.
  1. Scholarships
    This learning environment change will not impact your academic or athletic scholarships. The specific requirements of your scholarship, if any, still apply (e.g. GPA). 
  1. Student Services
    Offices will remain open on campus. However, please call or email the individual you need to work with. We are limiting face-to-face meetings as much as possible during this time.
  1. Commencement
    All commencement plans are proceeding as usual but will be evaluated and communicated in the April 7 update.

Please continue to check your email for additional updates. Ongoing information and resources can also be found on our COVID-19 website. 

We care about you and your health. We made a commitment to you when you chose Briar Cliff University, and we remain committed to continuing your education in the best way possible.


 

March 11 | Coronavirus Update: Events & Travel

With the announcements of the first positive cases in Iowa, I want to assure The Cliff community that the University has been actively engaged in preparing for this eventuality. The health and safety of our campus and the community is our top priority.

We remain in ongoing communication with local and state health officials and have been monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with careful attention to the impact COVID-19 could have on our campus. Please continue to visit this page for ongoing information?

University leaders have been meeting regularly to assess conditions and prepare for this rapidly evolving situation.

 

On Campus Events

We will continue to hold events as usual. Should this change, we will notify campus immediately.

As a reminder, good hygiene is the best way to prevent any illness. Please use these common measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds – hand sanitizer is a second option.
  • Don’t touch your mouth, nose or eyes, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, please stay at home.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing – don’t cough or sneeze into your hands.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect regularly touched objects in your home, car and workplace.

 

Domestic Travel

The University is currently assessing domestic travel on a case-by-case basis. We are suspending travel to areas where the number of cases has prompted a formal state of emergency declaration. Please keep in mind that with the fluidity of the situation, any University sponsored travel may be canceled with short notice.

Employees, please do not make any University travel arrangements unless discussed and approved with your Vice President.

 

International Travel

As a reminder, all University sponsored international travel is being suspended until further notice. This includes mission trips, studying abroad, academic and research trips.

Personal Travel

Please continue to self-report all travel outside of Iowa to Jo Morgan by emailing carlajo.morgan@briarcliff.edu.

 

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and we appreciate your diligence in helping keep our community safe. Please watch for future updates.


 

March 10 | Campus Health and Coronavirus Update 

In order to best protect and monitor the health of our campus community, we need everyone’s help. Your help comes in three forms: 1) Self-reporting travel outside of the state of Iowa, 2) Concern of potential infection, and 3) Prevention. Practice good hygiene.

Self-Report Travel Outside of Iowa.

This applies to all students, faculty, and staff. Email Jo Morgan (carlajo.morgan@briarcliff.edu) stating where you have traveled in the past month (Country or Countries, if international; U.S.A. State(s), if domestic). As new geographic areas of interest are announced by the CDC, this will allow us to monitor who in our campus community may be at risk and in need of outreach. 

 

Concern of Potential Infection.

If you are concerned about symptoms and/or exposure, please answer the following questions:

  • Do you have a fever or respiratory systems (e.g., cough or difficulty breathing)?
  • Did you travel from a COVID-19 affected geographic area within 14 days of getting sick?
  • Did you have close contact with a person laboratory-confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 within 14 days of getting sick?

If you answered “yes” to at least 2 of these questions, CALL DON’T COME, then follow the instructions provided by the staff member (whether it is at BCU or a different provider).


BCU Health Office 712-279-5436 or email carlajo.morgan@briarcliff.edu

Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Outside of those hours, contact your Primary Care Physician or go to Siouxland Community Health Center or another Urgent Care.

 

Prevention. Practice Good Hygiene.

The best way to prevent any illness (including COVID-19) is to practice good hygiene and common measures, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds – hand sanitizer is a second option.
  • Don’t touch your mouth, nose or eyes, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, please stay at home.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing – don’t cough or sneeze into your hands.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect regularly touched objects in your home, car and workplace.

 

March 2 | Notice of International Travel Suspension and Coronavirus Update 

While there is still low risk to people in our community, our campus leadership team remains mindful of the growing concern of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). In an abundance of caution, we are implementing some health safety measures, effective immediately. 

Campus Preparedness
Briar Cliff health care leadership is collaborating and monitoring appropriate safety precautions through the guidance and recommendations made by Siouxland District Health Department (SDHD), Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local health care entities, and the Infectious Disease Coalition. We are grateful to have experienced team members monitoring the latest developments continuously and refine our response plans as needed.

Travel Restrictions
All University sponsored international travel is being suspended until further notice. This includes mission trips, studying abroad, academic and research trips. This decision is not made lightly, but the health and safety of our students and employees is of top concern.

Personal Travel Plans
Before traveling, we encourage you to check the latest travel warnings and alerts on the Department of State and CDC websites. This information can change on a daily basis, so please check regularly and be aware of developments that may affect travel to and from your destination.

If you have any plans for personal international travel, please contact Jo Morgan, RN, BSN, Director of Health Services. She will provide you recommendations on how to evaluate your travel plans and appropriate health precautions/monitoring. You can contact Jo by calling (712) 279-5436 or by emailing CarlaJo.Morgan@briarcliff.edu.

Daily Vigilance
The spread of this virus is believed to be similar to the spread of other respiratory viruses, like the common cold or influenza. The best way to prevent any illness is to practice good hygiene and common measures, including:

  • If you are sick, please stay at home.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds – hand sanitizer is a second option.
  • Don’t touch your mouth, nose or eyes, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing – don’t cough or sneeze into your hands.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect regularly touched objects in your home, car and workplace.

Health Concerns
If you have recently traveled in the last 14 days and have these symptoms or have been in contact with someone who possibly has this virus, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a health care office, call ahead and tell them about your travel and your symptoms.
  • Do not travel while you’re sick and avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth with your upper arm when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often.

Please continue relying upon the CDC for the most current information and advice. We continue to monitor this global health issue very closely and collaborate on best practices to ensure the health and wellbeing of our campus and the community. 


February 12 | Campus Health Update 

The wellbeing of the Briar Cliff University community is a top priority. The novel coronavirus has become a trending topic of concern. Currently, this is a low risk to people in our community and there are no confirmed cases in Iowa. However, we want to provide you with an update on how we are evaluating and responding to this issue. 

Briar Cliff health care leadership is collaborating and monitoring appropriate safety precautions through the guidance and recommendations made by Siouxland District Health Department (SDHD), Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local health care entities, and the Infectious Disease Coalition.

We are evaluating all University sponsored travel and are now prohibiting University travel to China, in accordance with travel advisories set by the U.S. Department of State and the CDC. At this time, this limitation does not impact any planned travel for mission trips, studying abroad, academic or research.

The spread of this virus is believed to be similar to the spread of other respiratory viruses, like the common cold or influenza. Signs and symptoms of the coronavirus include a fever, coughing and difficulty breathing and the symptoms can range from mild to severe. If you have traveled to China in the last 14 days and have these symptoms or have been in contact with someone who possibly has this virus, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a health care office, call ahead and tell them about your travel and your symptoms.
  • No travel while sick and avoid contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth with your upper arm when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often.

The best way to prevent any illness is to practice good hygiene and common measures, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds – hand sanitizer is a second option.
  • Don’t touch your mouth, nose or eyes, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, please stay at home.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing – don’t cough or sneeze into your hands.
  • Frequently clean and disinfect regularly touched objects in your home, car and workplace.
  • If you are traveling overseas, make sure to follow CDC guidelines at www.cdc.gov/travel. Currently, in the U.S., there are very few cases and they are all linked to travel or close contact with an ill person.


We are monitoring this global health issue very closely and will continue to collaborate on best practices to ensure the health and wellbeing of our campus and the community.



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