COVID-19 UPDATE — Significant Changes to Classes and Operations / 布兰戴斯大学关于课程安排和运营的重大更新

March 11, 2020

Dear Members of the Brandeis Community,

As we continue to monitor the coronavirus COVID-19, I am writing to provide an update on the steps the university is taking to help mitigate the impact of the virus on our community, the most vulnerable among us, and beyond.

As we try to get our arms around all the complexities of amending operations on campus, I am grateful to see the values of care and compassion in full force throughout Brandeis – from students, faculty, and staff.  Each, in their own way, has shown a willingness to assist the administration think through the many consequences of changing how we teach and learn, how we work, and how we look out for all members of the community.  I am most appreciative of the work done in recent days by the university’s COVID-19 working group, led by Provost Lisa Lynch and Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Stew Uretsky.  The group has engaged local public health leaders and state officials to inform their own daily discussions and policy recommendations to help reduce the effects of the virus on our community.

COVID-19 presents the Brandeis community with an unprecedented challenge due to daily changes in guidance from state and federal authorities and the lack of knowledge of the virus.  It is clear, however, that we must take steps to help limit the spread of the coronavirus by reducing our density of population on campus.  Doing so will reduce the risk of the spread of virus within the community, especially among those most vulnerable.  While we are not aware of any cases of COVID-19 among Brandeis students, staff, or faculty at this time, the university is taking additional safety steps because of the rapid spread of the virus in Massachusetts and Governor Charlie Baker’s declaration of emergency for the Commonwealth last evening.

While in-person instruction will be suspended as of the end of the academic day on Friday, March 20, the university will otherwise remain open for normal operations until further notice.  Faculty and staff will have access to their offices, labs, and studio spaces, and all members of the community will have access to library services (in-person and online).  In addition to Dining Services applying increased safety measures related to the coronavirus, dining facilities will remain available, but on a modified basis.

Our university administration and the deans of the academic units will be working with faculty, researchers, and staff to draw on telework to help reduce risk from exposure. I ask that all units begin planning now for working remotely and experimenting with flexible work arrangements, should that become necessary. This would include testing technical remote work capabilities and implementing flexible remote work options. I also request members of the community to increase social distancing by limiting in-person meetings and avoiding close contact.

This is a stressful time for everyone at Brandeis.  It is also understandable for our students, especially, to feel disappointment at this time. As Brandeisians, we enjoy being on campus to teach and learn together and to share the friendship, support, and particular rituals that make the Brandeis experience special. 

We should take comfort, however, in knowing that the character and strength of Brandeisians and Brandeis will help us through this period as they have in the past.  Throughout the university’s relatively short history, our students, faculty, and staff have met major challenges and succeeded by being innovative and collaborative; I have no doubt that we will do so yet again. I know that our faculty will meet the challenge of switching mid-semester to virtual teaching while continuing to provide an excellent and rigorous learning experience for their students.  I know that our staff will keep the university operating at the highest level possible to lessen the disruption that is sure to come in ways we cannot foresee. And I know that our students will apply themselves to their learning just as vigorously as they have done prior to COVID-19 and remain a supportive network for one another during this time.

We will continue to send updates regularly on these and any future steps.  Please refer to our website regarding our response to COVID-19 for up-to-date information and a list of frequently asked questions.  You can also direct questions to  For assistance in coping with any stress you are experiencing, please review the resources available to you on the Brandeis Counseling website.   

I appreciate everyone’s patience and willingness to follow the changes in operations we have set forth, to stay true to our founding values, and to continue building a stronger Brandeis for the future.


Ron Liebowitz



当我们努力地协调校园中各种复杂的运行变更工作时,我欣慰地看到布兰戴斯的学生、教师和工作人员都充分体现了关爱和同情的价值观。每个人,都以自己的方式表现出愿意协助学校管理层充分考虑更改教学、工作和关照社群成员的方式所带来的诸多后果。我由衷地感谢由教务长丽莎·林奇(Lisa Lynch)和主管财务与行政事务的执行副校长斯图·尤莱斯基(Stew Uretsky)领导的COVID-19工作小组最近所做的工作。他们与当地公共卫生领导人和马萨诸塞州官员保持密切沟通,并把获得的信息纳入工作小组的日常讨论和政策建议中,以帮助减少该病毒对我们社群的影响。

由于州和联邦政府的指导方针每天都在变化,而且人们对新冠病毒缺乏了解,这给布兰戴斯社群带来了前所未有的挑战,然而,很显然,我们必须采取措施,通过减少校园人口密度来限制新冠病毒的传播。这样做将减少病毒在社群内传播的风险,特别是对易感人群。截止到目前,我们还没有发现布兰戴斯大学的学生或教职员工中出现任何新冠病毒的病例,但由于该病毒在马萨诸塞州的迅速传播,以及州长查理·贝克(Charlie Baker)昨晚(译者注:当地时间310日)宣布马萨诸塞州进入紧急状态,我校将采取更多的安全措施。








Ron Liebowitz