University Daily Update - March 23

Monday, March 23, 2020

Rockhurst University Companions,

As our city and county responses to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to change, so do our guidelines regarding coming to campus. We have some updated information to share in this message, so please read carefully until the end. First, we want to thank all of our students and families who came to campus the past few days to move out. Everything went smoothly under challenging circumstances. We will hold you in our hearts and prayers until we see each other on campus again.

Stay-at-home Order

  • The “stay at home” order issued by Kansas City and surrounding counties is meant to drastically reduce opportunities for the spread of COVID-19. We have created a list of essential personnel who will be allowed to come to campus, most on a very restricted basis, to carry out business continuity operations. Your supervisor or Cabinet member will contact you with more information if you are in this category.
  • Workout facilities do not meet the criteria for essential functions. Effectively immediately, the Convocation Center gym and the Massman workout facility are closed. The MAC had already closed.
  • Chartwells is only operating on a limited basis to provide meals for the 15-20 students who will remain on campus.

Help Desk

  • The Information Technology department has learned from multiple sources that cybercriminals are now creating and putting out thousands of coronavirus-related websites on a daily basis. Most of these sites are being used to host phishing attacks, distribute malware-laced files, or for financial fraud, for tricking users into paying for fake COVID-19 cures, supplements, or vaccines. We strongly recommends that you do not download any applications associated with the COVID-19 virus and that you rely on established credible sites like Rockhurst University, state and local news services or the CDC


We hope you’re all staying safe and well. We want to provide you with this information on how you may reach these University offices with your questions and concerns as we approach the time for registration.

Rockstop Contacts

Deans/Advisor Contacts

College of Arts and Sciences                                                                               

        Rob Hamilton – Assistant Dean/Director of Academic Advising                                     

College of Business, Influence, and Information Analysis 

          Paul Nunez - Director of Undergraduate Advising 


          Jonnae Hill-Director of Graduate Business Advising 


College of Health and Human Services   

               Terry Forge - Director of Academic Advising    

  Research College of Nursing    

               Camelia Williams – Registrar 


These are the changes we have made to accommodate distance-learning during this period: 

  • Registration Dates: Summer 2020 and fall 2020 registrations are delayed by one week. Both summer and fall registrations will begin on Thursday, April 2, at 7 a.m. Remember that summer course registrations do NOT require a registration PIN.   
  • Undergraduate Fall 2020 registrations WILL require a registration PIN. You will receive your registration PIN once you meet remotely with your advisor via Zoom, Canvas, FaceTime, or phone. (Graduate student registrations never require a PIN.) Your advisor will outreach to you to schedule an appointment and will provide details of what you need to do to prepare for the meeting.   
  • You can find the updated registration schedule here:   
  • Registration Issues: If you run into pre-requisite errors while enrolling, immediately email the “error” to the Professional Advisor (see email contacts above) of your college for assistance. Your Rockhurst email will serve as your “student’s signature.” A student request must come from your RU email and not a personal email account. Use the emails for listed above to contact your advisor – emails will be answered in the order in which they are received.
  • Registration Course Petitions: If you wish to petition to be added to a closed class, please complete this form:  
  • Your petition will be received by the appropriate dean’s office who will then respond to your request.  
  • Withdrawals: Full term withdrawals: We are extending the withdrawal deadline for full term courses by one week – the last date to withdraw from full term courses is now Monday, April 13.   
  • B Session Course Drop Deadline: We are extending the 100% refund period for B session courses. The last date to drop a B session course for 100% refund is now Monday, March 30. The last date for withdrawal for 50% refund is now Monday, April 6.  
  • If you wish to withdraw from a course(s): Using your Rockhurst email account, send one email to these three recipients: your instructor, your advisor and indicating from which course(s) you wish to withdraw. Emailing these three individuals replaces the normal walk-in withdrawal process.   

Rockhurst University Voicemail and Phone Usage  

Mission Moment
“Pandemic,” by Lynn Ungar

What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath—

the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.

And when your body has become still,

reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

(You could hardly deny it now.)

Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.

(Surely, that has come clear.)

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,

where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health,

so long as we all shall live.


Matthew D. Quick, Ph.D.                                                 Randy Hopkins

Vice President & Dean of Students                               Chief of Security

Crisis Management Co-Chair                                          Crisis Management Co-Chair