Mar. 24, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas— Dear Campus Community,

Today, Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced a shelter-in-place order for the city that takes effect today through April 13. The “Stay Home – Work Safe” order is an important step in preventing new cases of COVID-19. 

Here’s what the shelter-in-place order means for our campus:  

The University’s Remote Operations Initiative for faculty and staff will be extended in alignment with the City’s new order. President George E. Martin will provide additional details for employees in the next few days. 

Students should continue to move out of residence halls as planned and directed last week. The shelter-in-place order does not disrupt instructions already provided for move-out.  Students who are still living in residence halls and apartments will continue to receive updates from Residence Life through StarRez. 

As this situation evolves, we continue to limit which essential employees are necessary on campus. Those employees who must be on campus will be provided a letter to verify their status in traveling to and from campus. Generally, essential personnel includes: 

  • University Police and dispatchers 
  • Residence Hall Directors 
  • Facilities personnel  

If you have questions or concerns about how the Shelter-in-Place order affects your decisions at home, please see these resources:

Austin American-Statesman video outlines details:
https://www.statesman.com/news/20200323/coronavirus-in-texas-what-does-shelter-in-place-mean

Stay Home – Work Safe Order from Mayor Adler:
https://www.scribd.com/document/453058911/Stay-Home-Work-Safe-Order#download&from_embed

We are grateful for your ongoing assistance to help promote the health and safety of our community and recognize how disruptive the COVID-19 pandemic is for everyone. Our ability to work together as a community, and bring our Holy Cross values to bear, even in a remote and virtual setting, will help us to come out of this stronger than ever! Thank you for what each of you is doing personally to keep yourself and those around you healthy. 

Sincerely,

Kim Kvaal
Vice President, Finance and Administration

Lisa Kirkpatrick
Vice President, Student Affairs