March 11, 2020

To our Cleary community,

As we learn of the continued spread of COVID-19, our top priority is to protect our Cleary community and slow the spread of COVID-19 as best we can. We take our cues from public health organizations locally, at the state level and nationally. We are actively monitoring the situation while preparing our campus to ensure the continued health and safety of all Cougars.

Primary recommendations focus on hand-washing and minimizing large gatherings of people to prevent close contact and slow the spread of the virus.

Here are some of the steps we are taking at Cleary, while remaining in touch with public health agencies as news unfolds:

  • Limiting or cancelling intercollegiate events and large public events on our campus.
  • Engaging in enhanced cleaning procedures to sanitize campus buildings and meeting spaces.
  • Cancelling all non-conference athletic competitions and scrimmages.
  • Limiting non-essential travel across the institution.
  • Identifying ways to facilitate self-isolation for affected individuals.
  • Increasing cleaning procedures of gathering spaces and providing dining options in ways that reduce potential spread.
  • Providing opportunities to move from in-person instruction to alternative delivery methods, where feasible.

Where we need to cancel events and travel, we will work to develop replacement programming. At this time, we have not received recommendations to close residential halls and do not intend to remove students from their campus home.

It is easy to fall prey to panic about COVID-19 and the unknowns that it poses. We are proud of our community’s commitment to come together in a spirit of caution toward protecting everyone’s health. We will update this information as the situation evolves.


Jayson Boyers, President & CEO
Emily Barnes, Provost and CAO

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, Heather Bateman, at or by phone at 1-800-686-1883 x1701.