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COVID-19 Information for the WSE Community

COVID-19

Officials and experts at Johns Hopkins are monitoring the outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Important Information

  • Novel Coronavirus Information for the Johns Hopkins Community: This page contains resources and communications for the Johns Hopkins community about prevention and preparedness efforts—from class changes to campus access to HR guidance—at Johns Hopkins and around the world. Check this page regularly for new information.
  • Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center: This website is a resource to help advance the understanding of the virus, inform the public, and brief policymakers in order to guide a response, improve care, and save lives. This site includes the COVID-19 Interactive Map developed by Johns Hopkins engineers.
  • Keep Teaching @ JHU: This website provides general information to help prepare all course instructors for remote teaching.
  • Teaching Remotely: This page developed by the Center for Educational Resources for Homewood faculty describes resources to help instructors continue to facilitate their courses online.
  • Taking Courses Remotely: This page developed by the Center for Educational Resources provides helpful tips to students preparing to take courses remotely.
  • Undergraduate Student Services Update: This page will be updated periodically with information regarding the operations of undergraduate student services. Please continue to check back regularly for updates.
  • Graduate Student Services Update: This page will be updated periodically with information regarding the operations of graduate student services. Please continue to check back regularly for updates.
  • JHU HR Information Regarding Novel Coronavirus: Information to guide university employees and leaders regarding JHU Human Resources (HR) policies and procedures.

 

FAQs

 

What You Need to Know

Below you will find archived communications distributed to various audiences within the Whiting School of Engineering.

 

Homewood Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Dear Homewood Postdoctoral Fellows,

    We are sure many of you are concerned with the ever changing COVID-19 situation.  The university is deeply committed to the welfare of its faculty, staff, students and postdoctoral fellows, and is responding with measures to ensure our safety and that of our community.

    Here are several guidelines that you may find helpful for the moment (please note that as the situation changes, there may be updates to the below information):

    • Talk with your faculty advisor/PI or department/program chair to determine whether or not it makes sense for you to continue your research on campus or at home.  Although in-person classes are cancelled and the university is asking staff to work at home if possible, university campuses remain open.  The nature of your research will in part determine whether working at home is feasible. For some of you, working at home may not be a feasible option, particularly if you work in a lab.
    • If you do need to stay on campus for research, you should follow guidelines prescribed by the university to minimize infection spread and protect the well-being of our community.  This includes social distancing practices, e.g., maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others, and conducting meetings by phone or virtual formats.
    • If you do not feel well, even with a slight sniffle or sore throat, stay home.  You can call the Student Health and Wellness Center for a health risk screening (do not go in-person): 410-516-5709
    • Travel restrictions apply to postdocs as with other university personnel. All non-essential university international travel is prohibited, and all non-essential university domestic travel is strongly discouraged.
    • Stay tuned to email and other announcements from the university and school. The situation is evolving rapidly and the best way to stay informed is through email updates.  Additional updates can be found on the Hub’s COVID-19 information page.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.    Most importantly, take care of yourself and others.

     

    All our best,

     

    Christine Kavanagh
    Assistant Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Academic Affairs
    Whiting School of Engineering

     

    Renee Eastwood
    Director of Graduate and Postdoctoral Academic and Student Affairs
    Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

 

Current WSE Graduate Students/Postdoctoral Fellows

If you are a current WSE graduate student or postdoctoral fellow who has been affected by COVID-19 travel and/or immigration restrictions, please send an email to:

  1. Your adviser/academic program point person,
  2. Christine Kavanagh, assistant dean for graduate and postdoctoral academic affairs for the Whiting School of Engineering, and
  3. Dacia Gauer from OIS. Individual situations are being addressed on a case by case basis and we will do our best to support you.

 

Prospective/Newly Admitted WSE Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

If you are a prospective/newly admitted WSE graduate student who is concerned about delays by COVID-19 travel and/or immigration restrictions, please send an email to WSEGrad-Admissions@jhu.edu for more information on flexible options for enrollment for the Fall 2020 semester.

Prospective/newly admitted postdoctoral fellows should contact:

  1. Their JHU program contact,
  2. Christine Kavanagh, assistant dean for graduate and postdoctoral academic affairs for the Whiting School of Engineering, and
  3. Dacia Gauer from OIS for guidance.
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