STATEMENT from University of The Bahamas – COVID-19 Contingencies, Preventative Measures & Response
15th March 2020
On Sunday, 15th March 2020, health authorities confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in The Bahamas. University of The Bahamas is taking proactive steps and implementing preventive measures in order to protect the health and welfare of faculty, staff, students and members of the public. Therefore, the following contingency measures have been activated.
Effective Monday, 16th March, UB campuses, centres and business operations including the Oakes Field Campus, Grosvenor Close Centre, and UB-North operations in Grand Bahama will transition to remote operations until further notice. Additionally, Chapter One Bookstore will be closed until further notice. All events scheduled for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester are cancelled or postponed until further notice. This includes Spring 2020 Commencement. A further announcement will be made about Commencement at a later date.
As a result, remote instruction and communications will commence on Monday, 16th March using online applications including MOODLE and Zoom. Faculty and student communications on course content will continue via online channels. A decision will be communicated by Friday, 20th March regarding laboratory and practicum classes. Teaching practice, kitchen classes and internships are suspended until further notice. Students and faculty needing assistance with remote instruction should contact the IT Helpdesk at 302-4588 or email@example.com.
Academic Affairs faculty and staff will be permitted to access their offices on Monday, 16thMarch to secure their offices.
Further, students who are residing in university dorms are advised to gather their belongings and initiate arrangements to leave the dorms and return home, effective immediately. Students who are not in a position to do so, should contact the Director of Residential Life and Housing at 422-6429 and Dean of Students at 424-8559 for further instructions and assistance.
Staff are advised that although they are to work remotely effective Monday, 16th March, they should remain in contact with their supervisors. Staff members who provide essential services including Security, Physical Plant, Information Technology, and Business Office are advised that they will receive further instructions from their department heads.
The public is advised to use all available online resources to complete business transactions where possible during this interim period, including:
- Transcripts and Diplomas/Certificates – firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Payments – Students are to log in to their individual profiles and then click on the online payment option which automatically logs them in to the online payment portal. https://xess1-prod.ec.ub.edu.bs/StudentSSB
- Undergraduate Applications – email@example.com,http://www.ub.edu.bs/admissions/undergraduate-admission/forms/
- Office of University Relations – firstname.lastname@example.org
Members of the public who require further assistance should contact 302-4300.
GENERAL CONTACT INFORMATION
Registrar’s Office – email@example.com
Office of Records – firstname.lastname@example.org
University Athletics – email@example.com
Office of Recruitment and Admissions – firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of Vice President, Administrative Services – email@example.com
Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships – firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of Risk Assessment – email@example.com
COVID-19 HOTLINE NUMBERS
Please be reminded that should you suspect that you or anyone you know might have been exposed to COVID-19 to contact the COVID-19 Hotline numbers provided by the Surveillance Unit of the Bahamas Ministry of Health:
These contingencies have been implemented to provide a measure of continuity, given the circumstances, and to provide support for University constituents and clients.
Faculty, staff and students are advised to pay close attention to official communications from the University as further announcements will be published via UB email,www.ub.edu.bs and official social media channels managed by the Office of University Relations as well as through the news media.
Office of University Relations
University of The Bahamas
2nd Floor, Michael H. Eldon Complex
Oakes Field Campus
P.O. Box N-4912
Nassau, The Bahamas
Tel: (242) 302-4355/4354/4365
Chartered on 10th November 2016, University of The Bahamas (UB) is a beacon for national transformation. Approximately 5,000 students are enrolled in the University of The Bahamas system which includes campuses and centres on New Providence, Grand Bahama, San Salvador and Abaco, as well as UB online education. UB’s diverse academic programmes, research engagements, athletics and leadership development experiences equip our students to become global citizens in a dynamic world. For more information, visit www.ub.edu.bs.