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Message from President Cottrell Regarding Gov. Abbott’s Declaration Today and Its Impact on TLU

Dear TLU Faculty and Staff,

At noon today, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott took action to declare a statewide public health disaster amid the coronavirus pandemic. The declaration calls for schools, bars, clubs, and gyms to close and for restaurants to offer only to-go service. The declaration goes into effect Friday at midnight and will remain into effect until April 3.

While the declaration does not specify the closing of colleges and universities, we have decided to prepare a plan for staff employees to remain home or work from home. We want to assure you that faculty and staff compensation will continue as scheduled. Depending on what happens over the next several days and weeks, we will evaluate extending or adjusting our plan for after April 3 and will communicate it as soon as possible.

The President’s Cabinet will work over the next few days to determine which TLU staff members will remain at home or work from home while only employees needed for essential on-campus operations will return to campus.

To give us time to prepare a plan and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, I have determined that Monday, March 23, will be a University-paid holiday. Further information on the new work plans will be provided to all employees via email on Monday afternoon.

We will continue our daily updates as well as additional communications to campus as necessary. If you have questions that haven’t been addressed, please email semc@tlu.edu. You may also read all of our campus updates posted on www.tlu.edu/covid-update.

I am grateful for all you are doing at this challenging time and, as always, for your extraordinary spirit and commitment to TLU. With you, I look forward to brighter days ahead. Until then, be safe and be well.

President Cottrell

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