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Criswell College Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Kendall Lyons |March 20, 2020

Criswell College is actively monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is staying up to date on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The college will continue to implement necessary measures as directed by the Texas Department of State Health Services, and other local, state, and federal officials to keep our community safe. Our administration is conferring regularly each day to evaluate the current situation and make decisions to safeguard the health of our community, students, and employees. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus on the campus.


Criswell College is committed to the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff, and because of this we are requesting all students and employees disclose recent travel destinations and planned trips for Spring Break and the upcoming several months. Any student, faculty, or staff member returning from any international location and/or domestic locations such as greater New York City, Seattle, and San Francisco/Sacramento—must stay home and monitor their health for 14 days. Students who fall into this category should notify the Director of Student Services at 214.818.1345 or Faculty and staff who fall into this category should notify the Director of Human Resources at 214.818.1317 or Students, staff, or faculty impacted by this procedure should work with their supervisors or instructors to determine the appropriate work-from-home or study-from-home plan.


If students, faculty, or staff should come into contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 OR have a fever of over 100.5 degrees or other symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they should stay home and monitor their health for 14 days. Students who fall into this category should notify the Director of Student Services at 214.818.1345 or Faculty and staff who fall into this category should notify the Director of Human Resources at 214.818.1317 or

The college will be communicating with students via their student email accounts, and the community via the website and social media account which will be updated regularly for the college community. Additional information will be disseminated regarding college-sponsored travel and on-campus events, so check in frequently.

Please see response from President Barry Creamer regarding COVID-19.


Frequently Asked Questions:


What is the Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

The Center for Disease Control has in-depth information available for the public at the following link:


How can I protect myself and others?

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to follow the tips provided by CDC to help prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.


What should I do if I feel sick?

We encourage you to see a doctor and to go through the proper procedures necessary for health.

We encourage all students who are traveling to exercise caution, and should illness occur to seek medical attention. If your illness is confirmed to be the coronavirus, contact Director of Student Services Luis Juarez at 214-818-1345 or by email at

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