Latest Coronavirus Update

New College President Donal O'Shea.
New College President Donal O’Shea

I know that many of you are concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on our campus.

Currently, we do not have any reported COVID-19 cases at New College.

As testing becomes more readily available, the number of confirmed cases in Florida and the United States will rise. We have formed a cross-functional campus committee to prepare and respond to this threat. Here are some things we are doing:

The Provost’s Office and Educational Technology Services (ETS) are working with faculty members to minimize possible disruptions to courses by planning alternative modes of instruction. ETS Director Angie Fairweather is offering canvas tutorials this week to professors. Students who have any status changes that interfere with their ability to attend classes should contact their faculty members.

Campus Housing will be setting up several rooms to accommodate any students the Counseling and Wellness Center may ask to move from their regular rooms into quarantined locations. Metz will arrange to send meals to any students who need to be moved into these designated rooms.

Employees who are directed by medical professionals to remain in their homes will continue to be paid their normal salaries while using their earned leave (such as sick and annual leave). Given the extraordinary circumstances regarding this virus, faculty and staff members who exhaust their leave balances may be advanced additional sick leave on a case-by-case basis.

Human Resources will send refresher instructions to USPS and A&P employees on how to log into the NewCLEIS system and register leave time. Faculty members should report their sick leave use to their division chair and fiscal liaison who, in turn, will report it on the Payroll Submittal Form. If employees are able to perform their normal assigned work remotely and receive authorization from their supervisor, they can remain in work status.

We will continue to maintain and enhance regular cleaning and disinfecting protocols on campus.

Please remain vigilant in protecting yourself and others against COVID-19 by following Centers for Disease Control prevention guidelines. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Continue to follow coronavirus updates on our Campuswide Alerts web page. If you have additional questions, email them to

Please take care of yourself and others. The health of each of us matters to all of us.


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