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March 10, 2020 Coronavirus Update

Subject: Important Belmont University Schedule Update

Students, faculty and staff,

Given the ongoing global concerns around coronavirus, we want to do our part to keep our entire campus community safe and to contribute to the management of this growing public health crisis.

We currently have no confirmed cases on Belmont’s campus, but several cases have been confirmed in Middle Tennessee. Moreover, 75 percent of the Belmont student body consists of students from out of state, and large numbers of our students and faculty are currently engaged in personal travel to a number of domestic and international locations for Spring Break.

Wherever you are, we encourage all members of the Belmont community to be conscientious in following CDC guidelines for staying healthy.

Given the potential for exposure and CDC recommendations for social distancing, Belmont has made the following decisions:

  • Spring Break will be extended through March 22 with no academic activities taking place.
  • Beginning Monday, March 23, all classes will resume in an online-only capacity for at least two weeks.
  • Our current plan is to begin in-person instruction again on Monday, April 6. We will closely monitor this dynamic situation and could possibly extend further the date for resuming in-person classes.  Students will receive information from their respective colleges and faculty with details on how course work will be conducted.
  • All student programming scheduled through April 3 will be cancelled or postponed.
  • Student Athletes will receive additional clarification related to team activities from the Athletics Department and their coaches.
  • In order to catch up on lost class time, Easter Break will be cancelled, and classes will be held April 9, 10 and 13.
  • Students who are currently on campus may stay if necessary. To accommodate students who need to remain on campus, the cafeteria will resume operations this Sunday with limited service.
  • Students who are not currently on campus are asked to remain off campus until in-person classes resume. Residential students needing books, laptops or other required items from on campus rooms can contact their hall’s Residence Director to make arrangements to get those materials. Residential students can move back into their on-campus housing April 3.
  • Any student or employee who is ill or who believes they may have been exposed to coronavirus cannot return to campus and should follow CDC guidelines for self-isolation. If any student or employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, it is requested that you notify the University at
  • All University-sponsored student and employee travel, both international and domestic, scheduled for March 16-April 3 will be cancelled unless approved by senior leaders.
  • At this point, on-campus commencement exercises scheduled for Saturday, May 2 are unchanged. 

These plans are developing, and we wanted to inform our community as quickly as possible to enable you to begin making your own arrangements. We realize you will have many questions that are not addressed here. Please know that our team is working diligently to accommodate this transition for our campus, and we will provide additional information as soon as possible.

  • If your questions are not urgent, we’d ask you to wait for further communication that may address your concerns. If you do have an urgent question, please send
  • In addition, please continue to monitor your campus email as well as our Belmont Coronavirus website. This site also offers additional information on the virus, travel advisories and prevention that may be helpful.

Finally, we ask that you try to understand how difficult it is to make these decisions and request your patience as we seek to make the best decisions possible to keep everyone in our community healthy and safe while also doing our part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Thank you for your understanding.

Bob Fisher