Dear Creighton Community,
I am announcing today that Creighton University’s Omaha campus will close to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors effective Tuesday, April 7, except for those employees identified as mission critical and a limited number of students and others approved to stay in our residence halls.
I am directing all employees not to report to campus starting April 7 unless otherwise authorized. All authorized employees have been notified. Creighton’s Omaha campus will remain closed until further notice.
Online learning will continue through the remainder of the semester, and food and housing services will continue for those limited number of students who were approved to stay in the residence halls.
This does not represent a major change in our operations, as many of our faculty and staff have already been working remotely to great effect and impact since we transitioned to all online classes beginning on March 23.
Creighton will continue to keep faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni updated through email announcements and its COVID-19 website. Faculty and staff, please refer to the Pandemic Policy and the accompanying FAQ for further employment guidance.
Creighton also will continue to work with the state of Nebraska to provide housing in Swanson Hall and, if necessary, McGloin Hall, for individuals recommended by the state for self-quarantine and isolation, either because they have been exposed to the virus or they have tested positive but display only mild symptoms not requiring hospital care.
I am grateful for the dedicated work of our Department of Public Safety colleagues, who will continue to protect our campus during this difficult time. To minimize the transmission risk to these first responders, Public Safety will focus solely on the provision of essential services.
Essential employees are advised to bring their keys and Creighton ID with them to campus so they can access their workspaces. Essential employees who need assistance in accessing authorized workspaces, should contact Facilities during normal business hours at 402-280-2780.
Please note that Public Safety will not be open for any in-person business, including parking transactions, and will not take reports for noninjury vehicle accidents or property damage. Public Safety will work with the Omaha Police Department in responding to any serious crimes in progress.
Too, I would like to remind our students, faculty, and staff that this week is Easter recess. There will be no classes beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, through 5 p.m. on Monday, April 13. For staff, Good Friday, on April 10, is a paid University holiday. Mass listings at St. John’s Church for Holy Week can be found online. While this can be a popular travel time, please be aware that many states are under travel restrictions, and Nebraska’s governor has issued a 14-day self-quarantine for travelers returning to or entering the state.
As we move forward under these challenging circumstances, let us continue to pray for our state, nation, and world; our University; and each other. I will continue to be in communication as information develops.
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD
Creighton University President