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Coronavirus Info and Resources

Christian Brothers University is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. This website will serve as a repository for the latest information on how we are continuing to provide a high quality education in a caring, Lasallian manner.  We encourage everyone to review this site regularly to stay up-to-date on announcements and policies.  If you have any questions that are not answered here, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at  

Student Resources Faculty Resources FAQs

We want to continue to remind the CBU community to remain focused on precaution and prevention. 

  • 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. CDC: Clean Hands Save Lives
  • 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.
  • Get a flu vaccine.
  • The CDC also recommends that people wear a face mask in public settings (grocery stores, etc.) to prevent spread of the coronavirus.

News Updates

  • CBU has decided to join with a growing number of institutions across the nation who are choosing to alter the traditional fall semester calendar out of concern for what some experts fear will be a "second wave" of COVID-19 in the late fall and early winter months. The 2020-21 Academic Year will begin on August 13 with our annual Community Convocation, followed by Welcome Weekend activities for students who will be returning to residence halls and campus activities. Classes will begin on Saturday, August 15 and will run continuously without a fall break until Wednesday, November 18. CBU fully intends to return to face-to-face instruction, an abundant program of campus life opportunities, fall athletic competitions, and an enriching residential living experience, but to be clear, we must and will do so in a safe and prudent manner. Some classes may move fully online to reduce the strain on our campus facilities, some may employ a hybrid model that reduces the number of students in a classroom at any one time, and some may be moved to larger spaces to allow everyone to remain socially distanced. Final exams will be completed during the weeklong period prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. For more information, see this May 26 communication from President Shannon.
  • To ensure that CBU is ready to welcome our students back to campus in early August, the first groups of employees will tentatively return to campus on June 15, with more employees to be added in stages over the following weeks. Until an employee's office/department is returned to campus, remote work will continue as it has for the past several months. As our campus remains physically closed to the public, we ask that should you need to make an essential visit, please schedule an appointment by emailing When you are on campus, please be sure to wear a face mask, practice social distancing, and continue increased hand washing as the most effective ways for us to protect each other. 
  • A stand-alone Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2020 will be held in the Fall. This will be a singular celebration for all candidates receiving an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree. A Baccalaureate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception will be held on the Friday evening of the chosen weekend. Once the University receives the appropriate guidance from local government and health officials to resume normal operations, we will communicate the particulars of our plans with our campus community, including an opportunity for graduates to receive graduation announcements and to take cap-and-gown photos. In the meantime, CBU will celebrate the Class of 2020 every day in May on its primary social media platforms (see details on the FAQ page). 
  • All CBU Summer 2020 courses will be offered online. If we are able to offer any elements in a socially-distanced face-to-face format, we will provide that information on this website and on our site devoted to summer programs,

Campus Communications

Announcement to the CBU Community from President Jack Shannon (May 26, 2020)
Announcement to Students from President Jack Shannon
(May 15, 2020)
Announcement to the CBU Community from President Jack Shannon
(May 1, 2020)
Announcement from President Jack Shannon and Dr. Paul Haught to 2020 Graduates
(April 27, 2020)
Announcement from Dr. Paul Haught to Students
(April 16, 2020)
Announcement from Dr. Paul Haught to the CBU Community
(April 2, 2020)
Message to Resident Students from Dr. Paul Haught and Ronald Brandon
(April 1, 2020)
Message to Campus from President Jack Shannon
(March 23, 2020)
Message to Campus from President Jack Shannon
(March 16, 2020)
Message to Campus from President Jack Shannon
(March 12, 2020)
Message to Campus from President Jack Shannon
(March 10, 2020)
Handout Message to Resident Students from Dr. Paul Haught (March 6, 2020)
Message to CBU Community from Dr. Paul Haught (March 5, 2020)
Message to Campus from President Jack Shannon
(February 28, 2020)
Message to Faculty & Staff from Dr. Paul Haught (February 28, 2020)

Information and Resources

Christian Brothers University continues to make every effort to ensure that our campus community is fully educated as we collectively address this important public health crisis. We are closely monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Tennessee Department of Health, and the Shelby County Health Department. We encourage you to visit each of the these websites which are regularly updated with the most current information.

CDC CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 Tennessee Department of Health Shelby County Health Department

You can also call the Shelby County coronavirus hotline for information at (901) 692-7523.

Want to help?

Christian Brothers University is proactively addressing the needs of our students who are facing immediate financial hardship. We invite you to help our students in need by donating to the Student Emergency Fund.


Do you have questions about CBU’s COVID-19 policies and practices? Suggestions or comments? Do you need to report concerns about something on campus? 

Contact us at

We are not able to reply to questions about personal health concerns. For medical advice, students should contact their personal healthcare providers or CBU Health Resources at (901) 321-3260 or Faculty and staff, please contact your healthcare providers.