TROY Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Center

 

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Troy University is carefully monitoring all developments with COVID-19 coronavirus and is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Please monitor this website, email and SOS for the latest updates from the University.

 

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus involving student, faculty member at Troy University

To the TROY community:

Troy University officials learned today that a student and faculty member from Troy University’s Troy, Ala., campus have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Both individuals self-reported to the University and are currently in self-quarantine with no severe symptoms. We wish them both well on their roads to recovery.

Neither is a resident of Troy nor Pike County and the student did not live in on-campus housing.

Neither individual has been on campus or in contact with students, faculty or staff since the start of Spring Break, which was March 9-13, however out of an abundance of caution we wanted to inform the campus community. We have been in contact with the Alabama Department of Public Health about both cases, and the ADPH will investigate and contact any individuals who may be at risk of exposure to the virus.

These are the only two confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving members of the University community at this time.

We urge all students, faculty and staff to take steps to protect yourself from exposure to the virus during this outbreak. Observe social distancing, practice good hand hygiene and avoid touching your face. Stay informed of the latest information about the coronavirus via the Alabama Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The University continues to closely monitor this situation and will keep you informed of any impacts to the campus community. For the latest updates from TROY, monitor your email or troy.edu/coronavirus. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Student Services at (334) 670-3203.

Sincerely,

Herbert Reeves
Dean of Student Services
Troy University

A Message from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor

Trojans,

The recent days have been unprecedented in the life of Troy University as we have shifted our operations online in response to the threat of the coronavirus. I am grateful for the diligent work by faculty and staff in making this transition happen quickly, and I am grateful as well for the patience shown by our students in adapting to these changes. Thank you all for the tremendous work you're doing and the flexibility and courage you've shown in the face of adverse circumstances.

Online classes may be a new experience for some of our students, but online class delivery is certainly not new for TROY. As a pioneer in distance learning, we are well-equipped to help our students succeed in this time of uncertainty, and I remain convinced we will emerge from these challenging days as a stronger institution.

The next steps we take are significant ones in the life of the University, and so we are carefully evaluating our options for how to proceed with the remainder of the Spring semester. We take seriously our commitment to the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. We also want to make decisions with the best available information during a rapidly changing situation. Therefore, we will monitor developments over the coming days and announce on Tuesday, March 31, our plans for the rest of the semester.

Troy University has long been defined by a “culture of caring,” and that has not changed. Whether we are learning and working together on campus or at a distance, the Trojan Spirit is still alive and well, and we remain committed to your success.

A message to TROY alumni, donors & friends:

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting our lives in ways we could never have imagined only a few days ago. For example, more than a million U.S. workers are expected to lose their jobs by the end of March. Almost 300,000 workers applied for unemployment benefits last week, a 33 percent increase over the previous week, so the situation is dire TROYindeed. Our hearts go out to the friends and families of those impacted. Please allow me to share ways we can help our Trojan family during this extraordinary time. 

  1. Supporting small businesses with a TROY connection. Please shop locally and help our TROY family businesses continue to serve our communities. 
  2. Support our students, faculty and staff. Many Trojans will need emergency assistance and we will establish a fund to help them. In fact, we still have students on campus who need assistance to get home. With student debt at an all-time high, many of our students can still benefit from scholarships. And just a few days ago, I heard from a Trojan who is facing homelessness due to a family financial crisis.

If you are able to support the critical needs of our students, faculty or staff, please make your checks payable to the TROY University Foundation for the COVID-19 Annual Fund and mail to: 301 Adams Admin., Troy, AL 36082. If you’d like to make a donation online, please do so by going to donate.troy.edu/Troy_Annual_Giving and designating to the Troy Annual Fund with the notation COVID-19.

During this challenging time, I hope you and your families remain safe and healthy. I want you to know we are thankful for your unwavering support and generosity. I am confident we will emerge from this crisis a stronger, more unified, Troy University. 

Sincerely, 
 
Jack Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D. 
Chancellor 

A message to the Troy University students:

Thank you for all your patience, understanding and assistance as the University has transitioned from its in-class delivery to online and alternative delivery methods this week. I can appreciate that there are concerns, along with some challenges, as we continue to move forward during this time.

I also know there likely are a number of questions. Some of those questions may be easier to answer today than others because of how the virus is affecting us as a University, a state, nation and world. As a University, we know that answering these questions is an important way of helping you. The University is striving to provide you with clear information in a timely fashion. I would remind each of you that the University is updating this information regularly at troy.edu/coronavirus.

Troy University remains committed to delivering quality academic instruction to each of you and providing you with the services to help you learn and succeed. Resources can be accessed online or by calling your specific campus or location.

I would ask each of you to take all the precautions noted by the various health officials, and make good decisions about your activities. We want you to be Trojan Warriors who are well and safe, especially during this time.

If you have questions or concerns about your classes, please direct these to your instructor, department chair or College Dean. The University will post to the troy.edu/coronavirus page specific contact information for students seeking additional assistance with their courses. I have asked each faculty member, as well as our academic administrative leadership, to be strongly attentive in assisting our students as we move forward in this transition period.

Clearly, this is a time with very serious changes to our world. It is also a time when our best collective efforts will make a difference for ourselves and those around us.

My best wishes to each of you.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lance Tatum
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Temporary business hours for TROY campuses and locations

Troy University has modified its business hours on all campuses and locations.

Beginning Thursday, March 19 through Friday, April 3, 2020, the University will operate from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. CDT Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. until noon CDT on Friday.

Employees should contact their individual supervisors regarding modified work schedules.

These changes will not impact services available to students still residing on the Troy Campus. Trojan Dining will continue to serve meals. Monday-Friday, breakfast is served from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.; lunch from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.; and dinner from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays brunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Additionally, Moe’s and Herb’s Place are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday - Friday. To learn what is open now, visit https://troydining.com/dining-near-me/open-now.

The University Police Department continues to provide 24-hour a day security and policing. However, the University Police Department office is closed. As always, students, faculty and staff who need the department’s assistance may call 334-670-3215 during the business day and 334-670-1999 after hours. In an emergency dial 9-1-1.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lance Tatum
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Message from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor:

Based on the latest coronavirus updates and leadership from Gov. Kay Ivey, Troy University will adopt an alternate worksite / telecommuting model beginning at 8 a.m., Central Daylight Savings Time, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. TROY currently plans to resume regular operations on Monday, April 6.

The campuses will remain open, but all employees who can perform their job responsibilities from a remote location should do so. Senior Vice Chancellors have responsibility to plan for their divisions and will designate personnel to maintain the essential on-campus / on-site functions of the University. The specifics of facility operations will be listed on the website.

We continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation and will keep the University community informed of any further changes. To stay informed, please monitor email, SOS alerts and the website at troy.edu/coronavirus.

Please also monitor the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at coronavirus.gov. The safety of our Troy University family remains our primary concern as we respond to this international state of emergency.

During this time of uncertainty, let me assure you that our core mission of educating students will continue through online-based and alternative-delivery instruction, of which TROY has been a pioneer.

These are extraordinary circumstances, and we will do our part as an institution. We will practice good citizenship by following the directives of Gov. Ivey and those state agencies charged with our health and safety.

I am confident Troy University will emerge from this challenge a stronger institution. Thank you for all you do for TROY!

Reminder to the Troy University Community: No in-person teaching starting Monday

 Trojans,

I want to remind everyone that the University will transition all classes to online or other alternative delivery formats starting this Monday, March 16. There will be no in-person classes at any TROY location. The campuses will be open and residence halls will be available to students who need housing. Campus services, including the library, will also be available. However, we urge any students who are able to stay home to do so.

Specific questions regarding labs, clinicals, internships or practicums should be directed to your instructor, program coordinator or dean. Our faculty are working diligently to ensure these programs can be completed successfully in alternative delivery formats.

We understand this transition may be challenging, particularly for those who have never taken an online class before. The Office of Information Technology has a number of resources available at https://it.troy.edu/remote to aid in learning and collaborating from a distance. Additionally, the Helpdesk will now be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (334) 670-4357 to help with this transition.

In-person classes are currently scheduled to resume on April 6. TROY’s Coronavirus Task Force continues to meet regularly to evaluate the situation and will update the campus community if there are additional changes to the University’s operations or schedule. Monitor your email, the mobile app, text alerts and troy.edu/coronavirus for the latest information.

This is an unprecedented action by the University, and we understand it will create difficulties for many people. However, the challenge the world faces in the COVID-19 coronavirus is one that requires us all to work together. Continue to follow best practices to protect your health, including social distancing and regular hand hygiene. Stay safe, Trojans, and stay informed. We hope to see you all back on campus soon.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lance Tatum
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Troy University to transition all classes to alternative delivery platforms effective March 16

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is the highest priority for Troy University’s leadership. In light of the risk posed by the COVID-19 coronavirus, we will transition classes at all Troy University locations to online or other alternative delivery formats effective Monday, March 16.  

In-person classes are currently scheduled to resume Monday, April 6.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, there are currently no cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the state. However, we chose to make this transition out of an abundance of caution to mitigate risk and prevent exposure or spread of the virus on our campuses. The University has also suspended all domestic and international travel through April 6. 

Students are encouraged to stay home, but residence halls will remain operational for students who need housing. The campuses will remain open, and faculty and staff will continue normal operations. Campus services, including dining, will also operate as normal.

Troy University is Alabama’s leading public provider of online learning and a pioneer in distance learning. We have the experience, expertise, and technology to make this transition in a manner that will ensure continuity of learning for all students. Most classes will transition to the Canvas online platform. For certain classes that do not easily translate to an online platform, alternative delivery methods will be made available.

In addition, following a directive from the Sun Belt Conference, all intercollegiate athletic events will be suspended indefinitely. 

The University continues to monitor this rapidly changing situation and will keep the University community informed of any further changes to University functions or scheduled events. To stay informed, monitor email, SOS alerts and the web site at troy.edu/coronavirus.

We understand these decisions will be disruptive to many people; however, the health and safety of our community is our number one goal. University faculty and staff are doing everything they can to ensure this transition to alternative delivery of learning is successful.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lance Tatum
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

COVID-19 Coronavirus Awareness During Spring Break:

We urge everyone to be mindful of the COVID-19 coronavirus during Spring Break. We strongly discourage any personal trips to areas currently experiencing active community transmission of the virus. Anyone returning from a region with active transmission of COVID-19 must contact the Alabama Department of Public Health and complete a 14-day self-monitoring period at home before returning to campus.

The global coronavirus situation is changing rapidly and the number of affected areas continues to expand. We advise all members of the TROY community to monitor news reports and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) in order to evaluate your Spring Break plans.

Preventing Illness

We all can contribute to a healthy community by preventing the spread of infectious illnesses. The following are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

See the CDC for additional information about prevention.

If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call your primary care physician, an urgent care facility or the student health center.

Resources

Troy University COVID-19 information:
https://www.troy.edu/coronavirus/

CDC:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Alabama Department of Public Health:
http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html

Message to Faculty/Staff:

Colleagues:

As we move into the spring break period for the Troy Campus and into the transition between Terms 3 and 4 at our other University locations, I wanted to update each of you on our efforts to monitor, and address, issues related to the ongoing coronavirus.

At Chancellor Hawkins’ directive, the University has suspended all study abroad trips until further notice. Our University leadership, across many different areas, is assisting students affected by the suspension of these planned trips. The University has also suspended international faculty travel until further notice and is working to assist these faculty. These decisions came after careful consideration and with an awareness that the impact of the coronavirus is evolving rapidly and changing virtually every day.

Members of the University leadership have met almost daily since the virus emerged in order to discuss appropriate courses of action. We have been guided by our commitment to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. Moving forward, the University will continue to monitor all issues related to the virus and its spread.

I am requesting your assistance in two major areas: 1) your activities during the upcoming spring break and term break period; and 2) your activities once classes resume following these breaks.

If you are traveling during the break period, please take all the appropriate measures to avoid areas where there is active transmission of the virus. While much of the attention regarding the coronavirus has focused on Asia and Europe, cases are being reported in the United States. Please be aware the Alabama Department of Public Health is requiring all travelers returning from areas of active transmission to report their travels to the ADPH and to enter a self-imposed 14-day quarantine. Common sense steps, such as hand washing, are important safeguards as well.

Following the break period, as students, faculty and staff return to work and classes, each of you should monitor your own health, as well as that of your students. At this time of year, it is far more likely that any illness is not something as serious as the coronavirus. All of us at this time of year deal with a range of typical and predictable sicknesses, ranging from seasonal allergies to head colds to the flu. We want to ensure that anyone who feels sick follows appropriate protocols for determining the extent of their illness. This means connecting to a primary care physician for a proper evaluation. What is also important is reducing concerns, rumors and misinformation as much as possible. The University is committed to clear communication with its faculty, staff and students (as well as its other stakeholders) about this virus. This information is located at troy.edu/coronavirus. If you have specific questions, please address these through your supervisory chain.

I appreciate, very much, your commitment to assisting all of us, and especially our students, during this time.

Dr. Lance Tatum,
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Faculty Travel:

Troy University has suspended all international travel for faculty until further notice due to the global COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Troy University suspends all study abroad:

Due to the expanding threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus, and the rapidly changing conditions around the world, Troy University is suspending all study abroad activity until further notice, effective immediately.

“We understand the effect this action may have on students, and this decision was not made lightly,” said Dr. Lance Tatum, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. “The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is the University’s highest priority.”

In cases where trips were organized via third-party travel providers, the University is working with those businesses to mitigate impact to students. Based on the uncertainty of the virus and its spread, the University strongly discourages students from traveling abroad independently to countries with widespread or sustained community transmission of COVID-19. The Alabama Department of Public Health has issued guidance to higher education institutions that people returning from any regions with active community transmission of COVID-19 must self-monitor for symptoms for a 14-day quarantine period at home before returning to campus. A 14-day quarantine could mean missing significant class time. For students, this lost class time could affect the ability to finish the spring semester classes on time and depending on an individual student’s status, could impact graduation in May.

Troy University faculty, staff and administrators have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak since January and previously suspended all University travel to China. Members of the University community are asked to monitor the online information center at troy.edu/coronavirus/ and email for the latest updates regarding the virus and its potential impact on University functions.

The coronavirus situation changes daily, and students, faculty and staff should monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) in order to assess personal travel plans and stay current on any changes.

There have been no cases of COVID-19 at Troy University or in Alabama.

Update regarding personal international travel:

To Troy University students, faculty and staff:

 Many members of the Troy University community may have travel plans during the upcoming Spring Break holiday. If your plans involve international travel, we advise you to be aware of the risks associated with COVID-19 novel coronavirus. This virus continues to spread in countries around the world, and it poses a potential health risk to anyone who travels to an affected region. Additionally, under new guidance issued Feb. 25 by the Alabama Department of Public Health, anyone returning from a region where there is active transmission of COVID-19 must contact the ADPH and must complete a 14-day quarantine period before returning to campus.

A 14-day quarantine could mean missing significant class time.  For students, this lost class time could affect the ability to finish the spring semester classes on time.  Depending on an individual student’s status, this lost time could even affect being able to graduate this May as planned.

It’s important to be informed about this virus and its potential impact.  It’s also important to make good decisions about any planned travel which might create a risk for you as well as others.

Here is the full statement from the Alabama Department of Public Health:

Students and staff returning from China or areas with active community transmission (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) may have been exposed to COVID-19 and must self-monitor symptoms for 14 days after leaving the affected area. Students and staff must contact ADPH Infectious Diseases & Outbreaks Division at 1-800-338-8374 immediately upon return to Alabama. These students and staff must be excluded from school for the duration of this monitoring period. They are asked to remain home and to avoid congregate group settings such as church, concerts, buses, etc.

 The global coronavirus situation is changing rapidly and the number of affected countries continues to expand. We advise all members of the TROY community to monitor news reports and the Centers for Disease Control travel website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) in order to evaluate international travel plans over the coming weeks.

 Additional information and resources are available at: 

Statement from Troy Administration:

Planned study abroad trips set for Spring Break to Italy and other parts of the world may be impacted by the continued spread of the coronavirus. University officials are closely watching the situation and reviewing guidance from the Alabama Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control. Updates regarding the status of Spring Break study abroad trips are expected by the end of the week.

Statement from Senior Vice Chancellors:

As members of the leadership team at Troy University, we realize there may be growing concern over the continued spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We are continuing to carefully monitor all developments and are taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.

It is important that you know, at this time, there have been no identified cases of the coronavirus in Alabama.

Rest assured that Troy University is following the guidelines of the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization and will continue to do so as long as this situation persists. Our Student Health Center is up to date on all information and alerts provided by these agencies and the well-being of all within our TROY family is of the utmost importance. 

There are currently no Troy University students, faculty or staff in China, and the University is observing the U.S. Department of State’s travel warnings, restrictions and guidelines with regard to all future international travel.  

To date, a previously scheduled student study abroad trip to China has been canceled, and scheduled faculty travel has been delayed until such time as it is deemed safe. The University is also closely monitoring the impact of the virus in Southeast Asia where we have partner universities in Vietnam and Malaysia.

As an international University, we celebrate the rich, cultural impact our international students bring to campus life. Likewise, Troy University is committed to supporting and caring for our students whose home countries may have been impacted by this virus.

It is our hope that this situation will be over soon. Until that time, Troy University will continue to take all necessary precautions, and carefully monitor new and changing information. We will provide information and updates as situations warrant.

Dr. Lance Tatum,
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Dr. John Schmidt,
Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Administration

Statement from Dean of Student Services Herbert Reeves:

Troy University is closely monitoring the situation with the coronavirus that is affecting various parts of the world.  At the present time, no one on campus has been diagnosed with the virus.  Students and others who have recently traveled in the areas affected by the virus have been identified and communication with them is constant to insure early intervention should they develop symptoms.

The Student Health Center remains up to date on all information and alerts being provided by the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control and will respond as necessary should a case develop on campus.

 As a precaution, Symptoms and Prevention Guidelines are provided below:

Symptoms of the Virus include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

The Center for Disease Control believes at this time that symptoms of virus may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure.  Should a person develop these symptoms, they should seek medical attention immediately as a precaution. 

Prevention Guidelines

The University strongly encourages all people to follow the prevention guidelines provided by health officials:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.


Information from the Alabama Department of Public Health:

What is Coronavirus?

Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and were first identified in the mid-1960s. Seven different coronaviruses, that scientists know of, can infect people and make them sick.

Common human coronaviruses, including types 229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1, usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Most people get infected with these viruses at some point in their lives. These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time. Human coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, people with weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults.

Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have been known to frequently cause severe symptoms. MERS symptoms usually include fever, cough, and shortness of breath which often progress to pneumonia. About 3 or 4 out of every 10 patients reported with MERS have died. MERS cases continue to occur, primarily in the Arabian Peninsula. SARS symptoms often included fever, chills, and body aches which usually progressed to pneumonia. No human cases of SARS have been reported anywhere in the world since 2004.

In December 2019, a new (or novel) human coronavirus (2019-nCoV) type emerged in China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, suggesting person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily this virus is spreading between people. Patients with confirmed 2019-nCoV infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath appearing anywhere from 2 to 14 days after exposure. 

When any new illness emerges, it's important to make sure you have the right facts. Have a question about 2019-nCoV? The World Health Organization (WHO) has busted some of the myths surrounding this new virus. See the answers to some of the most common questions on the WHO website.

Are there any cases in the United States?

You can find updated numbers on people under investigation and confirmed 2019-nCoV cases in the U.S. from the CDC. 

Are there any cases in Alabama?

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Alabama, visit:
http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html

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Frequently Asked Questions regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus

In light of the risk posed by the COVID-19 coronavirus, we will transition classes at all Troy University locations to online or other alternative delivery formats effective Monday, March 16.  In-person classes are currently scheduled to resume Monday, April 6.

Students are encouraged to stay home, but residence halls will remain operational for students who need housing. The campuses will remain open, and faculty and staff will continue normal operations. Campus services, including dining, will also operate as normal.

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is the highest priority for Troy University’s leadership. The University continues to meet daily to monitor this rapidly changing situation and will keep the University community informed. To stay informed, monitor email, SOS alerts and this web site.

Most classes will transition to the Canvas online platform. For certain classes that do not easily translate to an online platform, alternative delivery methods will be made available. Students are encouraged to contact their professors with course-specific questions.

Following a directive from the Sun Belt Conference, all intercollegiate athletic events will be suspended indefinitely.

The University continues to meet daily to monitor this rapidly changing situation and will keep the University community informed of any further changes to functions or scheduled events. To stay informed, monitor email, SOS alerts and this web site.

The University has suspended all domestic and international travel through April 6. The safety of our students, faculty and staff is the highest priority for Troy University’s leadership. The University continues to meet daily to monitor this rapidly changing situation and will keep the University community informed. To stay informed, monitor email, SOS alerts and the web site at troy.edu/coronavirus.

If a student is sick or thinks they have been exposed to the virus they should stay home and contact their primary care physician, an urgent care center or the Student Health Center. Call before going to the health center or the local provider and inform them of the situation and symptoms.  They will be provided guidance from there.

For health services in Troy, Ala: 

  • Troy University Health Center
  • Troy Regional Emergency Room
  • Pike County Health Department
  • Ivy Creek Family Care of Troy
    • (334) 465-7056
    • Hours: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday - Sunday
  • SARHA Urgent Care Center – Troy
    • (334) 566-8822
    • Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday – Friday | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.,  Saturday | 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday
 All testing will be done by the Alabama Department of Public Health. The University Health Center will notify them and request the testing.
 The University will work with people exposed to the virus to identify everyone they have had contact with and in what settings.
In most cases, students self-monitoring for exposure to COVID-19 Coronavirus should remain at home. For individuals who live on campus and cannot travel home, the University will provide housing away from other students and provide essential services, including meals, as needed.  Should they require hospitalization, we will work with local medical providers and ADPH to place them in a facility.
 The University will work to ensure students affected by the virus are able to complete their coursework.
The University will continue to communicate information via email, the website and mobile app. Our expanded taskforce will have staff assigned to work with families of anyone exposed to the virus in order to keep them informed, especially those that do not have immediate family in the area.
They are as needed. The University is working closely with local healthcare providers, Emergency Management Agencies, the Alabama Department of Public Health and local governmental officials in order to respond to the COVID-19 situation.


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Frequently Asked Questions on TROY and Suspension of Study Abroad

The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. The University will continue to monitor developments on a daily basis and take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the campus community.

The University is evaluating developments on a day-to-day basis and has established a task force that meets daily to assess and review the latest information available.

Study abroad activity is suspended until further notice. The University’s Coronavirus task force is meeting daily to assess all new developments and will continue to do so as long as the threat exists.

The University is in communication with third-party vendors and advocating on our students’ behalf to mitigate financial impact.

No decision has been made at the current time.

The University has recalled these students and urged them to return as soon as possible. We will follow Alabama Department of Public Health guidelines for self-monitoring at home when they return.

The University supports our International Students and is closely monitoring how the situation will impact them in the future. The well-being of our students is our highest priority.

The University does not recommend continuing to make payments to third-party vendors at this time.

The University does not recommend study abroad travel at this time due to rapidly changing conditions

The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our primary concern. Troy University officials will continue to monitor all developments and will follow the guidelines of the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For the latest COVID-19 coronavirus updates, visit:


http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html

https://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/diseases-and-conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus-2020.html

The University is committed to ensuring students do not suffer academic penalty due to this situation.



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