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Coronavirus Information and Resources

The spread of the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has resulted in sweeping changes to Darden School of Business operations. Darden is following University of Virginia updates and guidance regarding classes, events and operations on Darden Grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia, and at UVA Darden DC Metro in Arlington, Virginia.

The School will implement changes aligned with the University to prevent the spread of the disease, and to protect the safety, health and well-being of the community. At this time, the School is preparing to welcome students to Grounds for the start of the 2020-21 academic year in August. Please continue to check this page for updated information and links to key resources from UVA, Darden and health agencies.


Latest Information on University’s Response to the Coronavirus

See President Jim Ryan’s 17 March message: COVID-19 Causes Sweeping Operational Changes, and visit UVA's coronavirus website for ongoing updates.

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Latest Updates From the Darden School

Read important messages from Dean Scott Beardsley and Darden leadership regarding the School's response to COVID-19. 

  • 20 March: Important Update on COVID-19 Cases

    Dear Darden Faculty, Staff and Students:

    Last evening, Dr. Christopher P. Holstege of the Department of Student Health & Wellness and Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer Patricia M. Lampkin sent the following note to the UVA community. I ask that you read it and all university communications carefully. 

    From here forward, UVA will update confirmed cases in the community on this webpage of the novel coronavirus website. Please continue to review the Darden coronavirus information website for the latest information as well.

    I would also like to draw your attention to the UVA Today story published this morning that describes how UVA Health now is now administering its own COVID-19 tests.

    If you have travelled to an affected area, have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with, or is suspected of having COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, or have difficulty breathing), please self-isolate until you are able to obtain medical advice, as follows:
    •    Students: Contact Student Health at 434-982-3915 or 434-297-4261 after hours.
    •    Faculty and Staff: Either call your local health provider, call Employee Health at 434-924-2013, or consult a primary care physician remotely through Teladoc

    I appreciate everyone’s leadership in protecting the health of our broader community by avoiding non-essential gatherings larger than 10 people and following public health guidance in these challenging times.  

    We are grateful to our colleagues in the UVA Health System and other healthcare professionals who are working tirelessly to ensure our community is prepared as best they can be to deal with this health event. Please stay self and well and reach out to the Darden community for support.

  • 17 March: Important Updates and Changes in Response to COVID-19 Progression

    17 March 

    Important Updates and Changes in Response to COVID-19 Progression

    Dear Darden Faculty and Staff:

    I hope you are hanging in there and that you, your families and loved ones are weathering the storm. I have been thinking a lot about you. I write this evening with two important updates.

    University of Virginia President Jim Ryan and Provost Liz Magill issued an important communication that explains the next steps the University will take to respond to the unprecedented and rapidly changing situation caused by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. I ask you to read carefully their message to the University community, forwarded below and linked on UVA’s novel coronavirus website.

    UVA EVP-COO J.J. Davis has issued an alert that an employee of the UVA Biocomplexity Institute located on the 29th floor of 1100 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington, Virginia, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

    Following are further details on each.

    Message From UVA President Jim Ryan and Provost Liz Magill

    The President and Provost’s message provides updates on: adjustments to classes, research and events; guidance for employees; and modifications to services.

    As President Ryan and Provost Magill note, these decisions were not taken lightly and are based on the swift action required to do our best to slow the progression of this virus. We must “flatten the curve” of those infected and avoid overwhelming our health system, which would ultimately risk our patients and community.

    To do this, we must make significant adjustments, including telecommuting for faculty and staff, except those who must report in person to carry out key functions. Fortunately, our telecommuting pilot at Darden started today, and we are prepared to deliver on that action.

    I am certain that upon reading the announcement, you will have many questions and will experience many emotions. Please know that you have my full commitment to help the Darden community navigate these deeply troubling times and to push through this crisis with purpose and determination.

    In the days to come, we will provide forums to discuss the announcement and answer your questions about its impact on Darden – and on you as faculty and staff. There will be a Town Hall on Thursday at noon via Zoom. You will receive an Outlook invitation tomorrow. You will hear more from the COVID-19 Working Group led by Marc Johnson (*membership below) in the days ahead on the specifics of what President Ryan’s message means for Darden operations, and we can answer more questions during the Town Hall.

    I will also forward President Ryan’s announcement to students to ensure they receive it. I will speak to the students along with the program leadership on the Full-Time and Executive MBA Town Halls already scheduled over the coming days to discuss the full transition to online classes, and we will incorporate this new information.

    UVA Emergency Management Alert

    This evening, the University confirmed a second case of COVID-19 within the UVA community. The individual who is ill is a staff member at the UVA Biocomplexity Institute located in Arlington, Virginia. The Biocomplexity Institute is on the 29th floor of 1100 Wilson Boulevard. Given the Institute’s proximity to the UVA Darden DC Metro at the Sands Family Grounds, which is on the 30th and 31st floors, we at Darden are closely monitoring the situation.

    The Virginia Department of Health is leading the effort to identify individuals who were in contact with the employee of the Biocomplexity Institute, reaching out to those individuals and arranging for their isolation. University staff are also working to support potentially impacted students, faculty and staff. In addition, the Institute is being vacated and deep-cleaned with products that kill the coronavirus in accordance with guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Out of an abundance of caution, UVA Darden DC Metro will undergo the same cleaning procedure.

    Please refer to this webpage on health precautions and resources.

    Resolute in Our Mission

    As we face the unprecedented global crisis in the ongoing spread of coronavirus, let us support each other and remain resolute in our mission.

    As we receive tonight’s news, we are preparing for the launch of fully online courses. We are recruiting the next generation of students, carrying out research, and navigating the impact of the situation on our executive education and hospitality businesses. Now more than ever, we need to work together to do the very best we can – and to lead from where we are. 

    As I wrote last week, I am inspired by what the Darden faculty and staff have done in recent weeks to rise to this occasion, showing resolve, creative thinking and above all caring. I fully believe that we will see that we can be as great in the virtual classroom as in the physical classroom. This will be one of the silver linings.

    As responsible leaders, we must do our part — our duty — to ensure that health, safety and well-being are the top priorities. Please let me know if there is anything I can personally do to help you. Thank you again for the amazing work and dedication you are showing to keep the School on course.

    *Darden COVID-19 (coronavirus) working group:
    Marc Johnson (leading the group), Dawna Clarke, Shaele Culbreath, Julie Daum, Rachel Dudzik, Eric Fletcher, Anton Korinek, Laura Martens, Joanne Meier, Marc Modica, Larry Mueller, Larry Murphy, Kristen Pappas, Tom Steenburgh, Callie Thompson, Ed Warwick, Ron Wilcox

  • 12 March: Dean Scott Beardsley Update on Message From UVA Provost Liz Magill

    Dear Darden Faculty, Staff and Students:

    This evening, UVA Provost Liz Magill wrote the UVA community to provide a few updates following President Ryan’s email from yesterday about the steps the University is taking in response to the COVID-19 threat. Her full email can be found here, I urge you to read it carefully.

    Please continue to visit the University’s novel coronavirus website, which is updated regularly and provides answers to many frequently asked questions. We at Darden have set up a coronavirus information webpage that links to the UVA site and provides Darden-specific updates.

    Please continue to take steps to ensure the safety of you, your loved ones and community. Let me know if there is anything that Darden can do to help. Please stay in touch with the Darden COVID-19 Working Group (*list below) led by Marc Johnson to share any insights or suggestions with that team.

    We will continue to keep you informed and are grateful to the Darden community for your support.

  • 12 March: Important Update Regarding UVA Darden Response to COVID-19

    12 March

    Important Update Regarding UVA Darden Response to COVID-19

    To the Darden alumni community:

    Yesterday, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic and today Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As Darden’s global community faces this unprecedented situation, I write to share updates on the University of Virginia’s and the Darden School’s response. At this time of global uncertainty, we are thinking of our entire community and hope that you are staying well and safe. If there are ways that the Darden community can support you, please let us know.

    UVA President Jim Ryan announced yesterday that all courses will be moved online, urged students to return home and suspended major events. The University’s latest updates can be viewed on this website.

    My subsequent note, posted on the new Darden coronavirus information website, explains what the news means for Darden’s programs, people and operations. In alignment with UVA, we will move spring classes and executive education offerings (where possible) online and suspend all events involving more than 100 people, including reunion, which will be postponed to October. We expect continuity of academic operations, allowing the students to take their classes and credits as planned in Q4, albeit virtually.

    In anticipation of this moment, a Darden COVID-19 working group led by Senior Executive Director for Global Affairs and Enterprise Initiatives Marc Johnson has been contingency planning for several weeks. We are working swiftly to enact changes and innovate our operations on the Grounds in Charlottesville and at UVA Darden DC Metro in Rosslyn, Virginia. Fortunately, Darden has deep and broad experience in delivering our educational experience online through degree course content and other online courses that have successfully inspired millions of students across the globe. We will leverage those learnings, as well as the leadership of the most experienced faculty in this domain, to ensure that we deliver an exceptional online experience.

    This is a time when our community of responsible leaders can step forward. We are open to any suggestions you may have. Be well, and know that we are thinking of you and grateful for you and your support in these unprecedented times. 

  • 11 March: Spring Semester Update From Darden — Spring Classes Moving Online

    11 March

    Spring Semester Update From Darden — Spring Classes Moving Online

    I write to follow up on the note that you received earlier today from University of Virginia President Jim Ryan (linked above), which announces UVA’s plan to transition from in-person to online classes following spring break, encourages students to stay home and restricts University events larger than 100 people. This means we will not be holding classes on Darden Grounds in Charlottesville or Rosslyn for the foreseeable future, quite possibly through the end of the semester. President Ryan communicates that the University will reassess after April 5 at the earliest and periodically after that date.

    This announcement has widespread implications for the entire University. I write to explain what this news means for Darden — and for you. I recognize this news will cause disappointment. Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of our community is our top priority, and we appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we work to enact these changes. Today, the WHO declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. We will get through this, and if there is a time for us to step up as responsible leaders, it is now.

    Darden, led by its COVID-19 working group (*see members below), will make some changes to its operations starting immediately. We at Darden take great pride in our community, and here is what this means at a high level for our community. Please note that more detailed communications and instructions will be delivered over the next few days, first from the University and then from Darden. We have provided high-level details for areas and topics below and a contact. You will hear more information this week.

    • For Degree-Seeking Students:
      • Full-time MBA students: Quarter 4 classes will start online on March 23 and take place as scheduled. As President Ryan said, we encourage you to stay at home — recognizing that for most full-time MBA students, you live in Charlottesville and many of you may not be able to travel to your family home for a variety of reasons. You will hear more from Tom Steenburgh over the next week on the resources and plans to prepare you to take online classes from home starting on March 23. Tom and the Office of Student Affairs will work with the Darden Student Association and student leaders on how to move student organizations and events online when possible, and cancel other events as necessary.
        [Contact: [email protected]]
      • Executive MBA students: All upcoming classes in Rosslyn and Charlottesville will take place online during the scheduled weekends. For the Class of 2020, you will hear more soon about plans for Leadership Residency 2. Jim Detert will reach out to you with plans.
        [Contact: [email protected]]
      • MSBA students: All upcoming classes in Rosslyn will take place online. The MSBA team will reach out to you soon with plans.
        [Contact: Karen Connors at the McIntire School of Commerce]
      • Ph.D. Students: Doctoral Program Director Andy Wicks will provide any updates.
        [Contact: Andy Wicks]

    • For Faculty: If you are teaching in the next two months, the degree program leadership and Joanne Meier in instructional design will be in touch with you on preparing to teach online and the resources available to you. Tom Steenburgh will reach out on preparation and next steps.
      [Contact: Tom Steenburgh]

    • For Staff: The University remains in normal operations for staff. Please continue to report to work. If there is a change in operations, we will forward information from the University. Please direct any questions on staying home when ill, working from home or other issues to your supervisor or Darden HR.
      [Contacts in Darden HR: Georgia Meyer (School); Gayle Mapstone (Foundation)].
    • For Executive Education: Darden Executive Education will follow the University practice of restricting face-to-face classes and provide updates on our hospitality operations. Ashley Williams and Larry Murphy are communicating with program partners and open enrollment participants whether the programs will be moved online, postponed or canceled. They will also communicate with faculty involved in the programs.
      [Contacts: Ashley Williams or Larry Murphy]

    • For Major Events: All University-sponsored events that involve more than 100 people are suspended. For events less than 100 people, the University recommends alternatives to having an in-person event. Students should contact the Office of Student Affairs to determine event next steps, and Darden staff responsible for an event should contact Rachel Dudzik, who will provide additional guidance.
      [Contacts: [email protected] or Rachel Dudzik]
    • For Travel: The University travel restrictions remain in effect. See the UVA site for travel guidance.

    This is an unprecedented moment in Darden’s history, and we appreciate your understanding. Fortunately, Darden has deep and broad experience in delivering our educational experience online. Through Darden’s online, hybrid, synchronous and asynchronous courses, we have successfully inspired millions of students across the globe. We will leverage those learnings, as well as the leadership of the most experienced faculty in this domain, to ensure that we deliver an exceptional online experience.


    The faculty, leadership and technology teams have been working together on this possible scenario for weeks. For classes and designated meetings, we will use Zoom technology, which we use to teach synchronous classes across our degrees today. A simple guide to Zoom will be provided, and a tech monitor will be available for all classes.

    UVA has launched a new website where you can find the latest information about UVA’s response to the coronavirus, including official messages, operational changes, travel guidance, answers to common questions and other resources: www.virginia.edu/coronavirus

    Please visit this site frequently for updates. Other sites to reference are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Department of State and the Virginia Department of Health.

    Darden will launch a website with School-specific information and links to the UVA website this week. We will announce the site’s launch on The Darden Report and on our social media channels.


    At Darden, our mission is to improve the world by inspiring responsible leaders through unparalleled transformational learning experiences — whether in person or online. Our aim is to use the power of business and business collaborations to create community and solve society’s most pressing problems. We are facing a pressing problem, and I ask all of us in the community to lean on our skills as critical thinkers and problem solvers to help the School and the University achieve their aims and develop the next generation of leaders. I welcome your ideas.

    Please continue to take health precautions, and to care for yourself and each other.

    As mentioned, you will receive more information from the contacts listed above soon. Let us know how we can support you.


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