Information for students regarding the COVID19 (Coronavirus) Global Outbreak

February 28, 2020

The following message was sent to MBU students on February 28, 2020.

Dear MBU Students:

As we follow news of the global COVID19 (coronavirus) outbreak, and as many of you will be traveling away from campus for Spring Break next week, we want to reach out with important information to help keep our campus community safe and healthy.

The university has a pandemic illness plan in place, which has recently been reviewed to ensure it is up to date and applicable for the COVID19 outbreak. Dr. Deborah “Deb” Greubel, dean and vice president of the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, is prepared to lead the university’s official preparedness and response to the situation. For those not familiar with Dr. Greubel, she is a doctor of nursing practice and a captain in the United States Navy with extensive experience in leading healthcare teams. The university also is coordinating with the Council for Independent Colleges in Virginia to share information and resources and is following guidelines and information set forth by the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There are no study abroad trips next week planned to countries the CDC at this point has flagged as high risk. We strongly encourage students to share their international travel plans with the university by sending an email to in order to facilitate assistance should the need arise and as the situation evolves.

Prevention is critical in keeping illnesses from spreading, and the most important measure that anyone can take is to wash his or her hands for at least 20 seconds with soapy water. If you feel sick, and have a fever, please call the MBU health center at 540.887.7095. For after-hours medical attention, please call the emergency department of Augusta Health at 540.332.4444 or the Urgent Care Clinic on Statler Boulevard at 540.245.7470.

We have asked faculty to make adjustments and/or modifications for students who need to miss class for health reasons.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our students. We will continue to update you on any additional information as we continue to monitor the news and plan for any possible impact on our community.


Dr. Ty Buckman
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. Ernest Jeffries
Vice President for Student Engagement