Undergraduate Catalog

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Acknowledgement and Pledge

COVID-19 Acknowledgement

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. The state of medical knowledge is evolving, but the virus is extremely contagious and is known to spread from person-to-person contact, through the air, as well as from touching the eyes, nose and mouth with hands that have the virus on them. The scientific and medical community report that people can be infected and show no symptoms and therefore spread the disease unknowingly. There is limited treatment available, with three vaccinations approved for emergency use shown to be highly effective in preventing COVID-19 and developing severe illness. It is still unclear how long vaccinations remain effective, or even if they will protect against future virus variants. Evidence has shown that COVID-19 can cause serious and potentially life-threatening illness and even death.

COVID-19 is a widespread virus/disease, and due to its general spread within the community, the student body, employees and general population who are not vaccinated are at greater risk. Barry University cannot prevent you from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while utilizing Barry University’s services or premises. It is not possible to completely prevent the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to utilize Barry University’s services and/or enter onto Barry University’s premises (owned or leased) you may be exposing yourself to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. These risks may be increased if you choose not to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

ASSUMPTION OF RISK: I understand that by agreeing to attend classes, partake of any services or activities, or otherwise come onto campus or any property leased or owned by Barry University, I assume all risks attendant thereto, including the risk of contracting COVID-19.

FlexLearning or Fully Remote ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: I acknowledge Barry University has the ability to pivot to a FlexLearning or fully remote model at any time, should the University deem necessary. If the pivot to FlexLearning or fully remote is needed the following will apply:
• FlexLearning allows students to attend the same class in-person or remotely. At any time, a pivot to fully remote course delivery may be necessary.
• FlexLearning or fully remote course delivery allows the faculty member to attend the same class in-person or remotely. At any time, a pivot to fully remote course delivery may be necessary.
• FlexLearning or fully remote courses will be recorded audio-visually for students to refer back to and for enrolled students who are unable to attend live. Students who participate with their camera turned on or who utilize a profile image are agreeing to have their video or image recorded. Students who un-mute during class and participate orally are agreeing to have their voices recorded. Students who do not wish to be recorded should: 1) not use have a listed profile name 2) should keep their camera off and/or their mute button activated throughout the duration of class. The “chat” button feature may be used during the live class to interact with the faculty member and other enrolled students and to type questions or comments. Presence in class may be documented through use of name, University email addresses or electronic identifier.

Tuition Acknowledgement

• Tuition will not be adjusted for courses that pivot to the FlexLearning model or switched to fully remote instruction during the semester. Our faculty are committed to delivering quality academic instruction, maintaining our standards and meeting or exceeding accreditation requirements.
• The Office of Financial Aid is available to discuss individual aid packages or personal hardship circumstances on a case by case basis.

PLEDGE: All members of the Barry University community understand and pledge as a member of our community to:
• Adhere to the health and safety guidelines, policies and procedures established by the University.
• Hold myself and other members of the Barry University community accountable to our University’s health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19. In doing so, I will engage in respectful intervention, dialogue, and understanding when I hold others accountable to health and safety guidelines.
• I will report any related COVID-19 safety concerns to either Human Resources or Student Health Services departments immediately, as needed.
• Treat others with respect and understanding of the personal choices they may need to make during this public health crisis in order to protect the health and safety of themselves and their loved ones.