DENVER – The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, which includes Johnson & Wales University, released the following statement Thursday:
"LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Following a meeting of the league's President's Council, and in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) has made the decision to indefinitely suspend all regular season conference and non-conference competition effective Monday, March 16.
SCAC leadership will engage in discussions with the NCAA about any and all implications of a suspension in conference competition; specifically, the league will request support for an extra year for all spring sport student-athletes whose seasons were just canceled.
Member institutions still have the ability to decide whether they will continue winter competition, or whether they will suspend all athletics-related activity for the entirety of the spring semester."
Leading up to Thursday's announcement by the SCAC, all JWU athletic events through Saturday, March 21 were canceled. Those events include:
- Women's lacrosse at Marian (WI) on Friday, March 13
- Men's lacrosse vs. Dubuque on Saturday, March 14
- Women's lacrosse at Carroll (WI) on Sunday, March 15
- Men's golf at Central Baptist College Invitational, March 16-17
- Women's lacrosse vs. SUNY New Paltz on Wednesday, March 18
- Women's lacrosse vs. Augsburg on Thursday, March 19
- Men's lacrosse at Hope on Friday, March 20
- Men's lacrosse at Kalamazoo on Saturday, March 21
- Men's & women's track at CU's Jerry Quiller Classic on Saturday, March 21
Also on Thursday, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men's and women's 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.
Earlier in the day, Johnson & Wales University made the decision to move to online and remote instruction for all non-culinary lab academic classes through April 12. The JWU Denver Fitness Center will remain closed indefinitely.