COVID-19 Questions or Concerns?

Closing the CUAA campus facilities to the general public

March 20, 2020

Important information for CUAA students from the Office of the President.

Dear Concordia Community,

In our effort to reduce the pace of the progression of COVID-19, we are closing our CUAA campus facilities to the general public. University operations including academic classes, student services, and business operations remain fully operational. Our goal is to deliver these services with as few people as possible on our campus.

With this goal in mind, our policies for the foreseeable future are listed below:

The CUAA campus will close today, Friday March 20 at 6:00 p.m. EST. Our campus is closed to the general public and non-residential students until further notice. Campus facilities including the field house, library, Cardinal Café, the Nest and fitness center are closed until further notice. Campus Offices such as Admissions, the Business office, Financial Aid, Registrar, and Student Life are available through online access during normal business hours; please refer to the online directory for contact information.

Campus access

Employees and those students approved to live in university housing will be permitted on campus and in campus buildings. All others will check-in on arrival at Campus Safety. Those with permission to be on campus can still use their keys and key cards for building access.

Watch closely for updates about:

There will be a series of critical emails sent to you in the next few days.

  • Academic continuityOnline courses begin March 23. Visit to prepare. Important emails will continue to be sent to ensure your academic access and learning success. Read all emails closely.
  • Residence lifeWe will continue to communicate with you about the procedures to return to campus to retrieve your possessions. We have limited access to many places on campus in order to meet state-mandated social distancing requirements and to protect the health and safety of those who are still living on campus. Residence Halls are locked and your belongings are safe. Continue to read all emails related to Residence Life.
  • CommencementWe have not made a decision about how and when to celebrate Spring Commencement 2020. The new CDC and state guidance and the spread of the pandemic will certainly affect our planning. We will share our decision about spring Commencement next week. Watch closely for this important update.

Questions and information

We understand how worrisome and difficult this is for everyone, and that our decisions affect each of you differently. Your administration, faculty, and Concordia staff are working together at every step to serve you, answer your questions, and support your learning. Please stay up-to-date on our website (you can access COVID-19 campus updates from the home page), through university social media, and certainly through direct communication with us.

You can help us too by staying current with our updates. We will use these updates to announce new actions, answer common questions, and guide you to the best places to receive assistance on specific topics.

In closing

We understand that all of you are grappling with the impact of this pandemic on your families, work, health, and financial situations. Thank you for your patience in such difficult circumstances.

As always: We Are Concordia; hearts together. Continue to be uplifted by your place in this community. Distance separates us, but we remain one in purpose and spirit. This is your University.

May God continue to grant you health, safety, joy, and peace in His Name.

In Christ’s Service and Yours,
Rev. Patrick T. Ferry, PhD
University President