University of San Diego

Hughes Administration building

Vice President and Provost

Coronavirus Update

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing with further updates on the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. As you know from previous communications, the COVID-19 Action team has been actively engaged in monitoring developments, with the goal of protecting the health and safety of all community members.  

Given the uncertainty of the current crisis, we must take precautionary measures to reduce risk and ensure academic continuity with minimal disruptions to students’ academic progress.  These precautions include the following:   

  • All faculty should be prepared to teach remotely no later than March 23. 
  • For those faculty who are already prepared to teach remotely, please share your plan with your dean or department chair. 
  • ITS has prepared a webpage, with resources regarding how to best utilize remote teaching tools. They will be hosting workshops conducted daily for the next couple of weeks starting today. The workshops can be attended in-person or remotely at: All faculty are encouraged to become familiar with ZOOM as soon as possible.

I also continue to encourage faculty members to accommodate students who have been asked to self-isolate or choose social distancing so that we do not penalize those that become ill or need to be quarantined. Our first priority is the health and safety of our community.

While there are still no plans to cancel classes, we must be prepared to teach remotely, should that become necessary.

Adjusting courses with very little notice is not an easy task. I sincerely thank our faculty, staff, and administrators for the care, support, and dedication that they have already shown to accommodate students during this difficult time.

Please continue to review our dedicated COVID-19 webpage to make it easy for you to access official updates in one location. 

I will continue to update you as we learn more. Thank you for your patience as we work through this situation.


Gail F. Baker, PhD
Vice President and Provost

University of San Diego

Vice President and Provost
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492