University Daily Update - March 24

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Rockhurst University Companions, 

We hope everyone is coping as best you can with the stay-at-home mandate. Remember that the University has many resources available to help you and a caring community of people who want the best for our students and colleagues. We’re sending today’s update early so that you can see the information about daily live-streamed Mass from the Kansas City Jesuit community starting this evening.  

Helpful Resource 

  • Rachel Pierce, Ph.D., assistant director of the counseling center, wrote a helpful article that we are sending to families tomorrow, but it contains information all of us can find helpful in our daily lives right now, such as how to work and study from home while accommodating everyone in the household, coping with changes and more. “Helping Families and Students Adjust to the New Realities of COVID-19.” 


  • The University will communicate information related to spring semester refunds by Friday, March 27. 
  • A message from Relation Student Insurance to all students who have the University sponsored student health insurance plan: 
  • We know that staying healthy is a high priority right now, and we want to assure you that we are closely monitoring the latest developments with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the impact on your school. You may be wondering how your school’s student health plan applies to the coronavirus. Here are two important points that you should be aware of: 
    • If you need to be tested for coronavirus: Your health plan will cover the costs for doctor-ordered COVID-19/coronavirus testing with  no copay or deductible, including at out-of-network facilities if an in-network provider is not accessible. 
    • If you contract coronavirus: Your health plan will provide coverage for COVID-19/coronavirus treatment the same as it would any other illness. You can reference your health plan details below. 

Streaming Mass Schedule 

  • Beginning this evening, the Kansas City Jesuit community will livestream Mass from the community’s chapel at 5:15 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Whenever possible, virtual congregants are asked to view the Mass live. After the livestream, the Mass will only be available on YouTube until midnight that night. 
  • To access the livestream, simply go onto YouTube a minute or two before Mass is scheduled to begin, type “KC Jesuit Community” into the search bar, and hit return.  The computer screen will then open to a series of YouTube offerings, at the top of which will be found an icon representing the “KC Jesuit Community” YouTube channel. Click on the AMDG symbol and it will open to the channel. The screen ought then to appear when it is time for the mass to start, and the live streaming will begin automatically at the time for the Mass. Please note that this channel will not show up in the search until shortly before the livestream begins this evening

Campus Ministry 

  • Join us to pray the rosary tonight and each Tuesday at 9 p.m. We’ll livestream on Instagram @rucampministry. 

Chronicle of Higher Education 

  • If you want to stay connected to higher education news through The Chronicle of Higher Education from off-campus, go to the library’s website and select a database you want to use (In this case, The Chronicle of Higher Education). 
  • You will be prompted to login. 
  • Login using your campus network username and password, just like you would if you were using a computer on campus. 

Mission Moment 

Prayer for People Critically Ill or Facing Great Uncertainty 

God of the present moment, 
God who in Jesus stills the storm 
and soothes the frantic heart; 
bring hope and courage to all 
who wait or work in uncertainty. 

Bring hope that you will make them the equal 
of whatever lies ahead. 

Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided, 
for your will is health and wholeness; 
you are God, and we need you. 

- Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 765 
- Prayer originated from 


Matthew D. Quick, Ph.D.                          Randy Hopkins 

Vice President & Dean of Students        Chief of Security 

Crisis Management Co-Chair                   Crisis Management Co-Chair