Chaminade University to Suspend Face-to-Face Classes


Sofia Vela

On Wednesday morning, Chaminade University students, faculty, and staff received a coronavirus update via email.

On Wednesday morning, students, faculty, and staff received an email announcing that Chaminade University of Honolulu has made the decision to suspend face-to-face classes post spring break. The decision was made after careful consideration and consultation with health officials about Covid-19, more commonly known as coronavirus.

Chaminade will continue to hold face-to-face classes on campus until Friday, March 20. After Spring Recess (March 23-27), starting on March 30 through April 10, all classes will transition to an online format. During this two-week suspension period, the campus will remain open. This includes all student and administrative office services.

All students and faculty are welcome to be on campus during the two-week suspension. However, group gatherings of any kind are discouraged in the university’s efforts to minimize large social gatherings.

Chaminade’s emergency management team will continue to assess the situation to determine if classes will meet face-to-face during the week of April 13-17 and so on.

Dean of Students, Allison Jerome, and Vice President of Human Resources & Legal Affairs, Christine Denton, are heading up Chaminade University of Honolulu’s emergency management team. Along with the rest of the campus’s senior management team, Jerome and Denton have been working since January to ensure that our campus is ready for the virus’s possible arrival.

As numbers are changing daily, the emergency management team must ensure that any information sent out is true and consistent. All emergency updates can be found at Chaminade’s website under the Coronavirus Update tab. More information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Hawaii Department of Health, can be found on this page. 

Chaminade’s emergency management team exchange emails daily and hold frequent meetings to discuss updates and procedure. Above all, Jerome stresses the importance of washing hands, covering the mouth when sneezing or coughing, getting rest, eating right, and staying home if you are sick.

“Amidst this uncertain time, we remain steadfast in our Marianist values and our commitment to  our community,” CUH President Lynn Babington said in an email Wednesday morning. “Thank you for trusting us and standing with us as we work to protect our campus ‘ohana, and please join me in continuing to keep those affected by the coronavirus in your thoughts and prayers.”