Dear CBU Community,

As I’m sure you’re aware, the COVID-19 novel coronavirus continues to be on the world’s mind as we make every effort to keep our communities healthy. As President Shannon has already communicated, we are continuing to monitor the situation in close consultation with the Shelby County Health Department and our partner colleges and universities to coordinate prevention, communications and outreach, and response planning. I encourage you to visit CBU’s coronavirus page to find the latest information from our campus administrators. You can also call the Shelby County coronavirus hotline for information at (901) 692-7523.

I want to reiterate that the most important step you can take is to remain focused on precaution and prevention. These PDF handouts from the Center for Disease Control and the Shelby County Health Department provide useful information and strategies to hopefully ease your mind in what may be a stressful or confusing time.

Regarding travel, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has implemented a set of guidelines for travelers coming into the U.S. from high-risk countries. These are China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy. To reduce the risk of spreading the virus, CDC is asking travelers from these countries to stay home for a period of 14 days upon entry into the U.S. The official travel advisory may be found here:

If you have recently completed travel to any of these countries, we ask that you contact one of the following offices on campus with your status before deciding to return to campus:

For Faculty: Academic Affairs (901) 321-3231
For Staff: Human Resources (901) 321-3307
For Students: Student Life (901) 321-3532 or x3548

If you have been in one of the high risk countries above or in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 in the past two weeks, you must stay at home for two weeks per CDC guidelines. If you develop symptoms such as a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you are also encouraged to remain at home and contact your doctor. If you do not have a doctor, please contact the CBU Health Center at (901) 321-3260 or You can also find a list of local clinics and hospitals on the Health Center door on the first floor of the Thomas Center.

Thank you for your cooperation in these matters, and — above all else — stay well!


Paul A. Haught, PhD
Vice President for Academics & Student Life