Coronavirus: EU classes to switch to online for 2 weeks, spring break extended

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 at 10:35 AM

In an email sent out to students, faculty, staff and parents, EU President Guiyou Huang detailed the university’s plan to adjust operations due to the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.

Citing that the university is taking “every possible precaution to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus,” Edinboro’s plan involves, at the moment, temporary changes to the status quo.

For students enrolled in face-to-face classes, their spring break has been extended to go into the week of March 16. This extra time has been allotted to allow instructors to come up with plans to convert their courses into an online format.

Classes will be delivered online for the weeks of March 23 and March 30.

As of now, it is the university’s expectation that face-to-face classes will go back to their original format the week of April 6, but Huang added that they will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates when necessary in this regard.

Regular online classes will resume on March 16 as scheduled.

As for students enrolled in clinical/practicum courses, student teaching or interns, they will continue as scheduled as long as their placement site remains open to host these students.

In addition, any student who wishes to remain on campus during the weeks of March 16, 23 and 30 must have a “justifiable reason for doing so,” according to the email.

In a form linked in the email, “Approved reasons for continuing to reside on campus include but are not limited to:
- International Students
- Student Athletes who are required to be on campus for competition, practice, or other team events
- Students who do not have essential technology needed for their classes or internet access at home
- Students who have practicums, clinical, or student-teaching ligations that require them to remain in the Edinboro area to participate in those assignments
- Students who would otherwise be homeless if not living on campus”

For student who may need to access their dorms to retrieve belongings, they are allowed to do so Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or Saturday-Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Students will be refunded for their housing and dining options on a “prorated basis” for the time they will not be on campus. More details, they said, will come at a later date.

On the matter of travel, Huang said in the email, “University officials have decided to cancel ALL University-affiliated, international travel through the end of May 2020. Non-essential business and University-affiliated domestic travel has also been canceled for all students, faculty and staff, with very few exceptions. Employees should contact their supervisors for details on the exceptions.”

The Edinboro University Student Government Association (EUSGA) has followed suit, freezing travel budgets and use of EUSGA vehicles for clubs for the remainder of the semester.

Regarding campus events — including Huang’s inauguration — the email stated, “With the exception of Athletics, ALL events through April 5 will be canceled, including the presidential inauguration, which had been planned for March 20. The inauguration will be rescheduled for some time in the fall, and we will inform you once a date has been selected.”

Athletics will follow the lead of the NCAA with their events, and will provide updates as they become available.

However, significant university events will go on as scheduled. Even though spring break was extended and the temporary two-week online class switch, Huang assured that financial aid as well as the May 2 Commencement will go on as scheduled. Staff will also continue their operations uninterrupted.

Looking to next semester regarding scheduling, students’ advisors will be reaching out to assist and provide guidance on registration.

Huang concluded by adding that while some of these changes will be disruptive, the decisions made in the plan were not made lightly. He assured that the university will continue to send updates as they become available. He said, “We appreciate your patience and your support as we make arrangements that will allow us to proceed with confidence.”

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