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Union University’s Jackson campus closing until Feb. 13

JACKSON, Tenn.Feb. 11, 2013 – Due to an outbreak of sickness, Union University’s Jackson campus will close at noon today (Feb. 11) and reopen at 8 a.m. on Feb. 13.

All classes at the Jackson campus – including undergraduate and graduate classes – are canceled during that timeframe. The library, wellness center and Barefoots Joe will also be closed.

Off-campus clinicals for nursing and pharmacy will continue to meet as scheduled.

“We are taking these steps with much caution and after consultation with health care professionals,” Union President David S. Dockery said. “The conventional wisdom is that if we can limit further spread of the illness immediately, we can address these health concerns fairly quickly.

“Several Jackson-area schools took similar steps when faced with widespread illness that resulted in absences prior to Christmas break,” Dockery continued. “They were able to conduct classes again very soon following the brief closing of the school.”

Dockery added that students who are sick should seek treatment and try to limit their contact with others.

Brewer Dining Hall and the Lexington Inn will remain open and will offer carryout food services.

In addition, tonight’s West Tennessee Ministers and Wives Valentine’s Banquet is canceled.

Staff members at the Jackson campus should consult with their supervisors regarding their work schedules during the next 48 hours.

Union University students, faculty and staff should monitor the website at www.uu.edu for any forthcoming announcements related to scheduling issues.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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