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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Lisa Stoothoff

Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs I Dean of the College

March 27, 2020


As the COVID-19 virus continues to impact society, the following changes have been implemented at Donnelly College for current and prospective students:

CURRENT Students

•    Spring 2020 semester coursework resumes March 30, 2020. All coursework will be completed online. Classes will not meet on campus for the remainder of the semester. Students – check for Donnelly College email often for communications from your faculty members. 

•    If you are having trouble accessing a computer or the internet you may use the computer lab on the third floor M-F from 11am-2pm starting March 30. Social distancing practices will be enforced. 

•    Commencement and Pinning Ceremony for Spring 2020 graduates has been postponed. A new date is in the process of being selected and will be communicated to students as soon as possible. 

•    Summer and Fall enrollment registration is now open online. You can contact your advisor by email to set up a virtual appointment. 

•    We are working on new hours for the Campus Cupboard and will provide curbside service to comply with social distancing rules. New service/hours will be posted on the main webpage and social media when available.

•    We will continue to offer peer tutoring by phone, email or possibly video conferencing.  Email Yvonne Telep, for more information or to schedule a session.

•    Remote library references are available on JSTOR (OneLogin) on our website. Email Tyler Johnson, Academic Librarian, for more information

•    We are working on remote counseling sessions in the form of video conference  and phone calls.  Please email Susan Lechliter, Counselor for more information.

•    Payment Plans – All current payment plans will be extended. Check your DC student email for details. If you have questions about your account, please feel free to contact Alejandra Valles at or (913)-621-8768.

•    Student Activities – Stay tuned for information on planned students activities including Student Senate elections, a virtual Career Fair, Dime and more. 

•    Prayer services and religious resources will also be available to you. Archbishop Naumann is live-streaming Mass every day at 8:30am on his Facebook page at the following: You may also email Fr. John Melnick, VP of Campus Ministry for more information.

NEW Students for Summer or Fall 

•    We are excited you are considering Donnelly College and that you are not allowing this outbreak to postpone your plans for a higher education. Our admissions office and other student services are not available for in-person visits, but they are available for phone, email and video appointments. 

•    Admissions applications are free and available online here -  An Admissions Counselor will reach out to you after you submit your application, so make sure you provide us with a phone number and email address that is best for you to be reached at. If you are not ready to apply, and instead have some questions, email and a Counselor will reach out to you. 

•    Financial Aid is also still up and running. Check out our scholarship opportunities here - 

•    Testing, Transcripts, Advising, Orientations are also still all currently operating. After being accepted, your Admissions Counselor will walk you through the process so no need to worry. 

March 15, 2020

Spring Break Extension and Courses Online 

The safety, health and total well-being of our students, faculty and staff are of vital concern for us at Donnelly College.

  • Spring Break for all students has been extended until March 29, 2020 (unless notified differently by your instructors).
  • Starting March 30, 2020, all classes (unless notified differently by your instructors) will be delivered remotely by online instruction at least until April 13, 2020.
  • Faculty and staff will take the week of March 23rd to fully prepare for this shift in instruction modality.

All students will be receiving further details and instructions in the coming days through their Donnelly-issued email address. Please be attentive to these announcements.

Please be assured of my prayers for you and everyone associated with Donnelly College and I ask for your prayers in return.

Monsignor Swetland 

March 12, 2020

COVID-19 Response Update

Donnelly College is closely monitoring the government response to coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) and we are prepared to respond to this situation with safety, prevention and remote options. While the current risk in our immediate area is low, the situation is changing rapidly and we will make decisions in a timely manner as the health and safety of our Donnelly College family and the greater Kansas City community are of foremost concern. 

We are consulting with the Kansas Independent College Association and monitoring actions taken by other institutions of higher education. Faculty are preparing their courses in distance-learning formats so there is no disruption in the learning process should remote options need to be employed. We have also added research databases to our OneLogin system so research may still be conducted from remote locations.

Thank you to our custodial crew and maintenance staff for incorporating extra efforts to clean our buildings. To help ensure the greatest level of protection keep the following in mind:
•    Cover your coughs and sneezes - Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. 
•    Clean your hands often - Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
•    Avoid sharing personal household items - You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, or eating utensils with other people. 
•    Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday - High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. We currently do this at all of our buildings and have increased our efforts to keep our buildings clean. Adhering to these measures at home will reduce the possibility of spreading the flu.
•    If you or a family member is sick (fever, vomiting, etc.), please stay at home and monitor symptoms - seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).

Students -- Donnelly College will keep you updated on possible changes to your spring 2020 semester classes. We are on spring break from March 16-20 so there are no immediate changes, however, we will send out communication (email, text blast and website announcements) on Friday, March 20, to update you on the situation.

Enjoy your spring break and stay safe!

Concern or question?

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Additional resources

Provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention