Madonna University Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Stay up-to-date on campus operations and health advisories

Update: Thursday, April 2, 2020

Message from Madonna University President Michael Grandillo

Dear Madonna University Community,

I hope this message finds you, and those you love, safe and in good health. Please keep in your prayers those who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus, as well as those who are receiving or who are in need of care.

During this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen frequent updates, and directives provided by federal, state, and local government officials. These include maintaining social distancing through April 30; the Governor’s order, issued yesterday, expanding the State of Emergency and Disaster Declaration; and employees staying away from campus unless designated as critical infrastructure workers. We also have instituted a COVID-19 health screening protocol for employees, as required by the Wayne County Health Department.

I have been monitoring this rapidly-changing situation and decided to extend the University’s online-only instruction through the 2020 Summer Semester. It distresses me, our professors, and our staff, not to have students on campus for classes and other activities. Students are why we chose to work at Madonna, and they are why we find such delight in our vocations.

I’m informing the campus community of this decision now so that we can build on the successes of this semester and continue to efficiently and effectively deliver to our students online learning of the highest quality.

Students can register now for Summer and Fall Semester courses on MYPortal.

Earlier this week, the University was notified that a male, part-time employee had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The employee has not been on campus since March 7, and he has not had contact with any other employee or student. Please pray for his full recovery. The 14-day waiting period for this case is now over, and no other cases have been reported, but I am informing you today in an abundance of caution.

It would be misleading if I told you that we have all the answers, as these continue to be tough times, with new challenges at every turn. I promise, though, that we will be thoughtful in our decisions as we keep the health and safety of our campus community as a top priority. To that end, our Residence Life staff is working to encourage the remaining 60+ students still in the residence halls to move out, and we will work to provide housing for the few students who have nowhere to go.

I am so impressed by the many alumni and friends who have reached out to assist us in this crisis. Their support is much appreciated as we continue to meet our financial obligations. In addition to the hope and encouragement given to us by our beloved benefactors, your connections with each other can provide the positivity that is so important at this time.

Prospective students continue to contact us and applications are being processed to ensure their plans to attend Madonna are not disrupted. Staff members in our undergraduate and graduate enrollment offices are actively recruiting next year’s class in a virtual manner. Our advancement team is working hard to meet their fundraising goals. These activities are vital to our financial viability and I appreciate everyone’s efforts.

I close with a special note of gratitude to all of you. Your nimbleness in adjusting to working and learning online, your creativity in addressing new challenges, and your willingness to sacrifice for the good of the Madonna Community are highly commendable, and greatly appreciated. Thank you hardly seems adequate for the tireless work our faculty and staff have put forth to keep Madonna moving forward. Your innovative problem solving, and Franciscan spirit of caring and compassion have helped us keep our Madonna family members safe, while we continue fulfilling our mission. I am so proud of everyone.

Please continue to watch this webpage for updates.

Students, faculty, and staff can expect to get more information via email, as well as additional support for online resources on MYPortal.

Keep up the great work, as we keep the flame of Madonna University burning brightly.

God Bless you and God Bless Madonna,

Michael A. Grandillo, Ph.D.

Madonna University has activated a Task Force in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and it is continuously monitoring the evolving situation in relation to all University-related activities. The health and safety of our students, staff, faculty, and all in the campus community remains our top priority. We will communicate regularly with the campus community through email and this webpage regarding this developing situation.

Campus Updates

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Students and Faculty Resources for Online Course Delivery

Online resources are available on the Portal for students under the Students tab, and faculty under the Faculty tab. Visit MY Portal for details.

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Staff Resources for Working Remotely

Online tools and resources are available on the Portal for employees under the Employee Help tab. Visit MY Portal for details.

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