CLEVELAND (WJW) — Ohio colleges are closing university housing and moving to on-line instruction for the remainder of the spring semester as concern over the coronavirus rises.
This decision comes just one day after Governor Mike DeWine announced that all Ohio K-12 schools would be on an extended spring break, beginning Monday and lasting until April 3. He also issued an executive order banning all mass gatherings of 100 people or more.
Here’s a running list of universities that are moving to completely online instruction; some of them are postponing spring commencement:
On Friday Case announced that they will be moving to remote education for the remainder of the semester.
On-campus students who can move out now are encouraged to do so. However, the university recognizes this may not be possible for all students. Student Affairs will provide additional information regarding logistics and the move-out process this afternoon.
The university has already begun working on a policy regarding rebates/refunds for room and board for the weeks of the semester that resident students are not living on campus. They will provide information to resident students and families as soon as possible.
“Following the CDC’s recommendations to limit gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, and in anticipation of any additional restrictions, we are not comfortable holding our Commencement Exercises as previously planned on May 16-17, 2020. We will investigate alternate dates and opportunities to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 at John Carroll University.”
**UPDATE: Kent State is postponing all Spring Commencement ceremonies and pre-commencement celebrations. We are exploring alternate options and dates. More information will be provided at a later date.
Kent State announced Friday that they have extended remote instruction for the remainder of the semester.
Kent Campus students are strongly encouraged to return to their homes for the remainder of the semester. For those students who vacate their room by March 30, there will be an appropriate refund of room and meal plan.
The university will provide details to students and families soon.
The university will work with students who are not able to return home during this time period on an individual basis. A limited number of residence halls and dining options will remain available for those students.
Decisions regarding spring commencement and May 4 50th Commemoration activities will be made at a later date.
Miami University is moving to online instruction for the remainder of the semester. The university would like students to move out by March 27; an appropriate refund of room and board will be provided.
Miami officials understand that leaving campus for the entire semester is not possible for all students and will work with those students on an individual basis.
Housing guidance for students and parents, along with additional information for faculty, and staff will be forthcoming before the end of day Friday.
The Oberlin College Dean of Students announced Thursday afternoon that all students must depart from campus housing by noon on March 16.
Students who submit a petition to remain on campus by Friday, March 14 at 5 p.m. will be notified no later than Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m.
The Division of Student Life will be contacting students about opportunities for remote co-curricular engagement once everyone is safely settled off campus.
UPDATE MARCH 17: The Ohio State University announced that spring commencement will be postponed, due to new guidelines from the CDC.
Ohio State announced Thursday that all undergraduate students living in university housing, whether they remain on campus at this time or are currently traveling for spring break, will be required to return for the remainder of the semester to their permanent home residences, or a non-campus or alternative housing arrangement.
The university says this does not pertain to students living in family housing.
The Office of Student Life reached out to students Friday morning to schedule individual move-out times between Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 22. Time slots will be strictly enforced to ensure appropriate and safe social distancing. Information will be available at go.osu.edu/2020moveout.
Ohio State says they will work with students who are not able to return home during this time period on an individual basis.
Ohio University has made the decision to move to remote/online instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. This change applies to all of their campuses and locations.
OU has asked students who live in residence halls on the Athens campus are not to return to campus after spring break, which has now been extended through Sunday, March 22. You will receive a message shortly from the Division of Student Affairs with information about scheduling time to move out.
The university also understands that it may not be possible for all students to leave student housing. Any student who needs to live in a residence hall must be preapproved by Housing & Residence Life. Students can apply via www.ohio.edu/myhousing, and applications will be reviewed within 24 hours.
A process for prorated reimbursements for is being developed for those who live on the Athens campus and/or have a dining plan.
UPDATE MARCH 17: Spring commencement postponed due to new CDC guidelines.
All on-campus courses will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the Spring semester, starting March 23. That means face-to-face courses will not be given on campus the rest of this semester; instead, they will be offered via alternative delivery methods now under development. As a result, students will not need to come back to campus to complete the Spring semester.
Schedule as follows:
March 9-15, Spring Break.
March 16-22, Spring Break extended. No classes, except for regular, fully online courses.
March 23-end of semester, Spring semester classes resume. Instruction delivered remotely; students do not come to campus.
FOX 8 will update this list as more information rolls in. We encourage you to contact your individual university with any questions or concerns regarding this decision.