A Message from the President on Coronavirus Response (COVID-19)

To the Durham Tech family,

I know that many of you are concerned about the Coronavirus outbreak and its possible impact on yourself, your loved ones, and your fellow students and employees.  Please know that the health and well-being of everyone at Durham Tech is our highest priority.The purpose of this message is to provide you with an update on the steps we are taking to minimize exposure to the virus and to mitigate any negative consequences resulting from possible exposure or infection. 

While no cases of COVID-19 have been reported within the Durham Tech community to date, we are taking several steps to preserve the safety and health of our campus. Our Emergency Preparedness Team is meeting regularly to monitor the progression of the disease and to develop and implement procedures as needed to mitigate the risks associated with it.

For the most part, campus activities continue to operate normally.  However, we have placed some restrictions on college out-of-state travel and we encourage everyone to consider their own safety and the well-being of others when engaged in personal travel.  We have also decided to cancel or reschedule several campus events to minimize the possibility of exposure to large numbers of people. Please check the college calendar on our website for an up-to-date list of activities or events.

If students need to be absent from class due to COVID-19, we have modified our attendance policies to enable them to arrange with their instructors to complete assignments. Similarly, employees who cannot report to work due to COVID-19 must immediately notify and consult with their supervisor on possible arrangements for telecommuting and continuity plans.

The Campus Police and Public Safety Department will begin preliminary screening for symptoms of COVID-19 when responding to emergency medical calls. Officers are also equipped and prepared to assist campus community members to connect with campus or local resources and services if needed.

Finally, remember that the best form of prevention remains washing your hands with water and soap for 20 seconds and refraining from touching your face.  If you are ill, do not come to campus.  And if you have been exposed to someone who may be infected, please self-monitor for at least 14 days. 

Durham Tech strives to uphold a welcoming, understanding learning environment for all students, faculty, and staff. No one population is more prone to this virus than others, so we ask that all faculty, staff, and students continue to treat each other respectfully and in alliance with the College’s core values.

More information on the virus, symptoms, prevention, and the College’s preparations can be found at on this webpage.  Stay safe and healthy.

Bill Ingram