Letter from the University

Letter from the University

(superceded by announcement on 03/16/20)


To: Academy of Art University Students & Faculty

From: Sue Rowley, Chief Academic Officer

Date: March 9th, 2020

Subject: Onsite Classes Temporarily Moving Online (COVID-19

precautionary measures). Housing and Dining Halls Will Remain Open as Usual


Dear Academy of Art University Students, Instructors & Staff,

I am writing to let you know that beginning Wednesday March

11th, Academy of Art University is temporarily moving all our

onsite classes online as a preventative measure in response

to our monitoring of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation.

This applies for a 2-week period ending after Spring Break (Monday, March 30th).

Our university community is joining the larger San Francisco

community in doing what we can to contribute to sensible public

health precautions. We are following mandates from San

Francisco Mayor London Breed:




We are shifting all academic and administrative operations online

beginning Wednesday, March 11th at 8AM and ending after

Spring Break (Monday, March 30th).

Beginning on Wednesday, March 11th, please do not come to

campus for classes. You will find step by step instructions on how

to log into your onsite classes at this link, which will be live by 6PM today, Monday March 9th:


Our instructors are experienced and well-prepared to pivot your

classes to online delivery during this period of time. We have been offering accredited degrees online for almost 2 decades.


Campus housing and dining halls will remain open as usual. You

can call the following number with questions about the

Residential Halls: 415-618-6335.

You can also email: housing@academyart.edu


Limited bus service will be provided. Schedules will be posted in

the dorm lobbies as usual.


During this time, it is your responsibility to:

• Attend your classes online, as instructed

• Check the LMS daily for Announcements

• Check your Academy of Art email daily for updates

• We are also asking you to subscribe immediately to the

Academy of Art text notification system. To enroll, text

EZARTU to 313131.

• Note: check your LMS profile and make sure your email and



All Academy employees whose functions can be performed remotely will begin telecommuting on Wednesday, March 11th at 8AM. This applies for a 2-week period ending after Spring Break (Monday, March 30th). Your direct supervisor will contact you with specific directions, and you can address your questions to them.


Campus events are being suspended until after Spring Break.


We are continuing our NCAA Division II athletic events, which will be live-streamed as usual (artuathletics.com/live). As a precaution, fans will not be allowed to attend the games in person during this period.


We are taking these steps as an abundance of caution. We want to reassure you that we are closely monitoring the situation and will take appropriate steps to keep you notified.

We have deep cleaning and disinfecting protocols in place now and going forward for all Academy buildings.


If you have any questions, you can contact us on our Hotline:


or email us at


The following public health resources may be useful to you and answer many frequently asked questions:

• CDC website


• San Francisco Department of Public Health website


In the event that you are not feeling well, please take time off from your studies. Your absence will be excused (no doctor’s note necessary).

We have consulted with top medical professionals at St Francis Hospital. St Francis, along with all the other clinics and hospitals in the Bay Area, is prepared to take care of patients with acute symptoms.


Please know that the university is committed to making your educational experience this semester as seamless as possible. We know that there is uncertainty around the COVID-19 situation, and that many of you have families and friends at home who are also affected. Doing our best to ensure your well being and peace of mind is our main focus. We are here for you, and we will keep you informed.