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Letter To Parents

Dear SGU Parents,

We have been closely following the global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and considering the implications it may have on our campus and community in Grenada. The safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff are paramount to us and we have been working diligently with the Ministry of Health, Grenada and our international partners to consider every contingency that will allow us to limit exposure to the disease among members of our community. With that in mind, SGU has made the decision to encourage all students on the Grenada campus to return home for at least the next four weeks.  The Grenada campus will remain open and operating and facilities will be available for those students who are not able to or choose not to leave the island.

This announcement does not apply to the third- and fourth-year School of Medicine clinical students who will continue their education in the US, UK and Canada, or fourth-year School of Veterinary Medicine students doing clinical work at affiliated institutions.  This also does not apply to students in the Global Scholars Program in the UK.

While, at this time there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Grenada, our goal is to make prudent decisions that reflect our commitment to your ongoing safety and that of the people of Grenada.

We are planning to continue student classes through online, distance learning as a supplement to their current educational program.

We encourage you to review the following information at sgu.edu/coronavirus-response.  This content will be updated on a regular basis so please check back often.

You have likely seen other institutions around the globe implementing similar relocation measures in recent days to limit the density of large populations on their campuses.  We believe this decision is consistent with the best practice recommendations of leading health organizations and is ultimately in the best interest of our communities.   We will re-evaluate the situation prior to April 15th based on global medical circumstances and will be in touch on the potential to return to Grenada.

While we are asking students on campus to return home, we recognize Grenada is home to many students and others may not have the option to travel home in the coming days.   We will continue to operate classes on campus for the students who will remain in Grenada, while supporting distance education capabilities for those who leave.

This decision was not arrived at lightly, but our goal is to help our community navigate this challenge as safely as possible and protect members of our community while we have the flexibility to proactively manage the situation.  We understand that this transition can be challenging and are committed to doing everything we can to make it as smooth as possible for everyone involved.

This is an unprecedented situation, and we are striving to provide a rapid response to mitigate the impact of the global pandemic on our students and the Grenadian community.  Thank you for your patience and support.

We will continue to provide updates.  If you do not find the answers you need within the FAQs posted at sgu.edu/coronavirus-response, please submit your questions to: questions@sgu.edu.

Sincerely,
Richard Liebowitz, MD
Vice Chancellor

Updated 3/12/20