COVID-19 Information

Last Updated April 9, 2020 4:30 p.m. EDT

Please view this important message from AHU President Edwin Hernandez to students:

To protect the health and safety of the AHU community, all AHU Summer classes will be delivered online or via remote learning platforms including Bluejeans, CANVAS, and Microsoft Teams.

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The AHU Orlando campus is closed in compliance with the emergency executive order by state of Florida. The reopening of campuses will be determined in alignment with federal, state, and local guidelines in the weeks ahead.

For all non-confidential questions related to COVID-19 practices at AHU, please send to AHU.Covid@my.ahu.edu. This will allow the COVID-19 team to begin to create an FAQ to share online.

Federal funds provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act will soon be available to eligible AHU students.

More than $500,000 in aid will help eligible undergraduate and graduate students overcome campus disruptions and challenges related to COVID-19. Aid will assist with expenses for the continuation of students’ pathways to academic success.

To be eligible for this grant opportunity, students:

  • Must be eligible for financial aid (Title IV)
  • Must have submitted a 2019-2020 FAFSA application
  • Must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program
  • Must have been enrolled during the Spring 2020 trimester
  • Must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens

AHU Online students are not eligible.

The application window will be open from Friday, May 1 through 11:59p.m. Friday, May 8.

All applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis as long as funds are available. Students who have had difficulty paying rent or have had to buy equipment to continue courses online will receive priority over students who have received room and board refunds. It will be at least two to three weeks before students receive funds. As soon as CARES Act funds are available, the BankMobile refund process will disburse awards to AHU students as quickly as possible.

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Academics

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, AHU ended face-to-face classes on March 13 in Orlando and Denver.

AdventHealth University uses Remote Learning during a crisis. Fully remote teaching solutions are utilized, which replace the traditional instruction format. The aim is to make it convenient for students to continue an uninterrupted education experience at AHU.

AHU Online classes are not affected and continue without interruption.

AHU On-campus classes continue via a blend of internet-based remote learning platforms, including Bluejeans, CANVAS, and Microsoft Teams. Every class previously held on campus (and those scheduled for Summer) will be delivered via an online platform through Friday, August 7, when the Summer term ends.

Department Chairs and Program Directors will continue to update students directly.

Clinicals continue as planned as sites permit and students are scheduled to participate unless there are feasible, accreditation-sanctioned alternatives. If a student opts out of clinicals for susceptibility, risk category, or other Chair-approved reasons, they may need to extend their academic program.

Exams will be completed within the trimester calendar, utilizing available remote resources and adapted methods as necessary.

All community-based student service-learning projects are suspended until further notice.

Although graduation is postponed, students may still order graduation regalia using the link available here.

Financial Assistance

Federal funds provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act will soon be available to eligible AHU students.

More info about eligibility requirements and how to apply is available at my.ahu.edu

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Students in Housing

Some students remain in AHU housing. Students who have departed may not return for any reason without advance, written permission from the AHU Dean of Housing.

For questions, contact the Dean of Housing at 407-250-7020.

Campus Visits and AHU Events

The AHU campus is closed. At the moment, no campus tours are being conducted or scheduled.

Spring 2020 graduation has been postponed to August 24, 2020. This innovative event will be virtual and synchronous (streamed in real time) with some asynchronous (recorded) components available after the designated day. Students who prefer to walk are invited to do so in the April 2021 commencement ceremony. AHU will provide more information as plans develop.

Students interested in ordering graduation regalia can still do so using the link available here.

All scheduled conferences and events that bring groups of individuals from outside the organization to AHU are postponed. Please speak with your respective VP or equivalent if you have questions about a specific event or conference.

Information Sessions

Live and prerecorded video presentations from campus departments will keep both current and prospective students informed during this time. Current and prospective students will be notified as sessions are scheduled.

Health and Safety

Take these steps to monitor your health and practice social distancing:

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  2. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Discuss your work situation with your supervisor before reporting to work.
  3. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
  4. Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
  5. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

Anyone with symptoms of illness—including but not limited to fever (100.5° F and above), cough, runny nose, sore throat—should not come to campus. Anyone who has had a fever must be fever-free for at least 24 hours before returning to campus. Anyone concerned about possible COVID-19 infection should contact their physician for guidance.

The AdventHealth Coronavirus Information Line, 877-VIRUSHQ, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This situation continues to evolve. Procedures will be updated at least weekly based on guidance from the AdventHealth, Centers for Disease Control, the Florida Department of Health, and World Health Organization. For the most up-to-date announcements regarding the University’s response to COVID-19, please refer to the AHU website.


Community Resources

Community Resource Hub

AdventHealth has launched www.CoronavirusSignsAndSymptoms.com where consumers can get answers on top COVID-19 questions, such as:

  • Am I at risk?
  • What should I know if I am pregnant?
  • How can I protect myself?

Coronavirus Information Line

AdventHealth is launching a free phone service for Floridians who have questions about COVID-19, including the opportunity to speak with a nurse as appropriate. The AdventHealth Coronavirus Information Line, 877-VIRUSHQ (877-847-8747), is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It serves as a one-stop-shop to connect Floridians with resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health.

While the phone line is not intended to replace a physician-patient relationship, nurses can answer general medical questions and will refer the caller to the appropriate next steps, such as connecting them to a nurse, AdventHealth Centra Care, AdventHealth eCare or other health care provider.

For information regarding the current number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida, please visit the Florida Department of Health website. AdventHealth University will also continue to monitor reports from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). While the consensus among government agencies is that the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is low at this time, the University is actively planning for various scenarios and potential short- and long-term impacts.

Personal Preparedness

Please remember the CDC guidelines regarding things you can do to prevent illness and avoid being exposed to the virus. To protect the health of students, employees, visitors and others:

  • Go home and stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Sanitize cell phones regularly

Sanitation Practices

AHU will provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers throughout the campus and in common areas. Cleaning wipes will also be provided to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as telephones and keyboards. We are also sanitizing the shuttle buses every evening.

University Planning

The administration of AdventHealth University has assembled a team from across the institution to identify and plan for various scenarios related to COVID-19 and potential short- and long-term impacts for the campus community. This team continues to meet daily and will provide timely updates to leadership, faculty and staff, and students. Considerations include but are not limited to planning for courses and/or clinicals during periods of quarantines, on-campus sanitation efforts, etc. As preparations and planning continue, we will communicate with you regularly.

University Messages and Updates

AdventHealth University will communicate through the AHU website and email as the situation develops and information is received. In the event of cancellations or closures, the University will send a message through the emergency notification system.

Inclusive Campus

AdventHealth University is an inclusive community with faculty, staff, and students from around the world. As such, it is important that members of that community take care not to make assumptions or discriminate against others based on perceived symptoms or ethnicity and/or national origin. You can learn more about the University's Non-Discrimination policy here.

Resources for Spiritual and Mental Health

AHU recognizes that the ongoing situation with COVID-19 may cause stress for members of the University community, especially those with family and friends affected in other areas of the nation and the world. Students can contact the AHU Mental Health Counselor or Chaplains through email:

Mental Health Counselor
Betty Varghese, betty.varghese@ahu.edu

Chaplains
Reynold Acosta, reynold.acosta@ahu.edu
Niesha Steinke, niesha.steinke@ahu.edu

AdventHealth Church Resources

AdventHealth has created a Coronavirus Hub for churches, universities, schools, and other faith communities

AdventHealth Church Resources