Dear faculty, staff and students,
This afternoon, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that all schools in Montgomery County (Pa.) should close effective Friday, March 13, for a two-week period. While we have just recently learned of this development and have, ourselves, additional questions, we will be in full compliance with the governor’s order and expect to communicate further information to you in the coming day.
Pending that news, employees should stay home tomorrow, March 13, and work remotely to the best of their abilities, recognizing that certain staff members from campus safety and facilities who perform essential functions are required to be on campus. And as we first explained in yesterday’s email, we are also encouraging students currently on campus to depart, with the intention of returning to Ursinus on Sunday, March 29. For those students unable to return home, or for those who have other extenuating circumstances, we ask that you complete the request form at to stay on campus.
We will share additional information with you tomorrow, but please regularly visit our website and our social media channels for timely updates. Fortunately, given our extended spring break, this gives us additional time to assess the scope of the governor’s order.
Additionally, in close consultation with our fellow colleges in the Centennial Conference, Ursinus is suspending all athletic activities until further notice. This includes all competitions, games and practices. We have a large student-athlete population on campus and we believe this is the most effective way to ensure, to the best of our ability, the safety and well-being of our athletes and our fans throughout the community.
Thank you. We are especially grateful for your support as we work through these rapidly changing circumstances.
Brock Blomberg, president
Mark Schneider, dean of the college and chair of the task force