Universities adjusting to online classes and commencement in wake of coronavirus

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This list is in alphabetical order and is being updated as we get new information.

AVERETT UNIVERSITY:

Averett University is suspending all face-to-face instruction beginning March 14 through April 1.

The school says while there are no confirmed cases of the virus impacting anyone at the school or in the surrounding region, the University and its Emergency Response Team have determined that limiting the amount of people on campus will limit the spread of the virus.

You can find Averett University's full statement here.

DABNEY S. LANCASTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE

No classes will be held on March 16 and 17. Beginning March 18, all classes will resume through "virtual or alternative delivery." This will continue until at least Friday, April 3.

If the college decides to continue with remote learning beyond this time, it will notify its community by March 30.

This policy applies to the Jackson River Governor's School program as well. Sites for nursing clinicals will continue to meet; changes to this will be made by each individual site.

All college events and activities are canceled through Monday, April 6.

No students, faculty or staff will be allowed on the main campus on March 20 and 27 and April 3, due to deep cleaning and sanitation procedures.

College Services at all locations will remain open (Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.). Tutoring will be available in the Library during the day or available 24/7 through Tutor.com where you can access from your course in Canvas.

The Cubby Closet (Food Pantry) support will also be available. College Services are also accessible online via MyDabney and Navigate.

The College Library and computer labs will be available for students who require computer and internet access until 5:30 p.m.

EMORY & HENRY COLLEGE:
Beginning March 30 and through the end of the spring 2020 semester, all classes at Emory & Henry College will move online.

“We thought it was important to make this decision now to address any issues that our faculty, staff, and students might have during this unprecedented time,” said Emory & Henry College President John Wells. “This week, we are hosting training with the faculty and staff to prepare them for this alternate mode of delivering courses. We are doing our diligence to ensure that we deliver our education in a way that meets the needs of each student.”

Commencement, which was scheduled for May 9, has been postponed.

“We are dedicated to providing our amazing graduates an Emory & Henry Commencement ceremony to honor their tremendous achievement of graduation,” said Wells. “We are continuing to watch how the national and global situations evolve, and we hope to make decisions regarding when and how commencement will occur in the coming weeks.”

FERRUM COLLEGE:

Ferrum College will move to a Distance Learning plan.

While there are no suspected cases of the coronavirus at Ferrum College, the institution will take the following actions:

• Classes will meet as usual tomorrow; however, classes will be canceled Monday and Tuesday to allow for the transition to online instruction to begin Wednesday, March 18. The College plans to resume in-seat classes on April 6.
• To reduce the need for students to travel, the College will permit students to remain on campus, if they choose to do so. Students who choose to leave campus will not be permitted to return until the College resumes normal operations. During this time, residence halls and dining services will remain open.

In addition to these, the college is implementing the following steps, effective immediately:

• Suspension of all College sponsored or supported travel that is non-essential to the operations of the College
• Suspension of any non-essential gatherings or events
• Suspension of athletic events and travel for all teams (competition and practice) beginning Monday, March 16

HOLLINS UNIVERSITY:

Hollins University will go to online instruction and close its residence halls March 30, following spring recess.

The remote instruction and residence call closures will stay in effect for two weeks until April 10. At that time, the university will reassess and determine if in-person classes will continue or if students will take online classes until the end of the term.

All public events scheduled on campus between now and Sunday, April 12 have been canceled, however the Wyndham Robertson Library and Eleanor D. Wilson Museum will stay open for individual use.

The university will stay open and faculty and staff are expected to adhere to their regular work schedules.

All non-essential university-related travel to professional conferences or other large gatherings are suspended.

The university has not canceled or rescheduled Convocation, Commencement or Reunion, however, it will make adjustments if necessary as the dates for these major events get closer.

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JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY:

James Madison University, meanwhile, will not hold in-person classes the week of March 16, and will move to online classes beginning March 23, until at least April 5.

JMU will remain open and continue to offer services to students, such as the ounseling Center and University Health Center. Students will be notified by March 27 regarding courses after April 5.

Faculty, staff and graduate assistants are expected to report to work as regularly scheduled, fulfilling their normal duties and working to transition course content, assignments and activities online.

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY:

Liberty University is transitioning most of its residential classes to an online digital format starting Monday, March 23.

University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., said, “We originally believed it was safest to return our students following their spring break instead of having them return following greater exposure opportunities from leaving them in different parts of the country for longer periods. But, the Governor’s recent decision to limit certain gatherings has left us no practical choice because we have so many classes of more than 100 students. We want to provide for the continuity of our students’ education while doing what makes sense to help slow the spread of the coronavirus to our university family and local community.”

If residential students choose to return to Lynchburg, most will be able to resume their classes in the online format or they can choose to remain where they are and complete their classes online. Most classes will be able to finish out the spring term in an online format. Certain programs, such as aviation, osteopathic medicine and nursing, and certain types of performance classes, like labs, will not be able to be offered online, however. Students in those programs and classes will only be able to take them in person but no classes will involve gatherings of more than 100 people.

Students negatively impacted by these new policies or the spread of the coronavirus can seek incompletes as academic accommodations and may use the university’s standard processes to seek other accommodations based on pregnancy, other medical conditions and disabilities.

NEW RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE:

For the remainder of the spring semester, most classes at New River Community College will continue online, beginning Monday, March 23.

Current online classes will continue as usual, and most in-person classes will be moved online via Canvas or using other formats, such as emails, videos, Zoom meetings and instructional packets.

Some performance-based, face-to-face classes will continue to meet in person, following the current CDC guidelines.

All student activities and events are canceled until further notice. No children are allowed on campus per college policy.

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PATRICK HENRY COMMUNITY COLLEGE:

Spring break will be extended for students in all classes by one additional week, March 16-21. All academic and dual enrollment courses will not meet March 16 through March 21. All campus offices –including the testing center– will remain open during the extended spring break.

Beginning Monday, March 23, the majority of classes will be shifting to remote methods of delivery. Those hands-on classes that are not possible to teach remotely will move to a modified schedule. The modified schedule will ensure that students can receive instruction in very small groups where social distancing will be practiced. Students should expect to hear from faculty regarding specific instructions before the end of the week.

Due to the governor’s declaration of a state of emergency in Virginia, all public meetings on the college campus must be suspended for the next thirty days. As such, the following events have been postponed:
The Patriot Player’s production of Sister Act, the Martinsville Mini Maker Faire, the Simulation Center Grand Opening at SOVAH Health, the Distinguished Alumni Dinner, and the Health Recruitment Fair, the Gallery Talk and Reception. The new dates will be announced soon. PHCC’s International Festival, Community Career Fair and Administrative Professionals Day have been cancelled.

PHCC parking lots will remain open at al times, so students can access internet from their cars.

The campus will be fully closed every Thursday and Friday to complete deep cleaning. Minimal staff will be on campus Mondays through Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., but students are required to set up an appointment with faculty or staff before coming to campus these days.

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RADFORD UNIVERSITY:

At Radford University, modified campus operations, as originally announced March 11, 2020, will be extended through May 9, 2020, representing the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Campus operations will continue in accordance with Governor Northam’s social distancing requirements as students are engaging in online courses and many faculty and staff are working remotely.

Commencement exercises, scheduled for the week of May 4, 2020, are being rescheduled for the week of December 7, 2020.

The main campus in Radford, Radford University Carilion and the Roanoke Higher Education Center in Roanoke, and the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon remain open; however, visitors are not encouraged. All students, faculty, and staff are required to carry their University-issued identification with them at all times, as access is limited to business purposes only, and some buildings are closed.

ROANOKE COLLEGE:

All campus events are canceled through April 6 after guidelines recommended by public health officials, a release from the college states.

The tests done on the Roanoke College student who may have been exposed to the coronavirus have come back negative, according to Roanoke College's website.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus, but four Roanoke College students, including the one that was tested, are still in isolation off-campus out of what the school says is an abundance of caution. Two students traveled to Washington, D.C., and one to Europe over Spring Break and may have been exposed to COVID-19. After the college consulted the Virginia Department of Health, one student was tested for COVID-19. No word on what prompted the fourth student to be in isolation off-campus.

As part of Roanoke College’s preparation and response to COVID-19, President Michael Maxey and cabinet have determined the best course of action is to suspend face-to-face meetings of classes, effective March 12. Classes will be taught online until April 3. Professors will contact their students about the start of online classes by Tuesday, March 17.

All students should make arrangements to leave the residence halls no later than Sunday, March 15 at 6 p.m.

The Roanoke College Department of Athletics has immediately suspended all athletic activities.

SOUTHERN VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY:

Southern Virginia University will be suspending face-to-face classes immediately, and all classes will move online. The university says it will be taking steps to suspend normal campus operations by March 31.

Students are encouraged to leave campus as soon as they are able. To give students time to make travel arrangements, a three-day recess will begin on March 16 before resuming classes online March 19.

If students need special attention due to their individual circumstances, they can contact Dean Crowther at studentlife@svu.edu.

SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE
The college has transitioned to remote learning. All on-campus events have been postponed.

UNIVERSITY OF LYNCHBURG:

Spring Break will be extended for one week and spring classes will resume online, starting March 23, 2020.

All University of Lynchburg classes will be conducted online for the remainder of the spring semester. The university says there will be no resumption of in-person instruction on campus.

Commencement, originally scheduled for May 15, will be rescheduled at a later date, most likely in the early fall.

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA:

Commencement has been canceled, according to a release from the university, and a team is working to develop alternatives. All events on the campus, regardless of size, are canceled until at least May 15.

The The University of Virginia is moving all its classes online, as the school continues monitoring activity connected with COVID-19/coronavirus.

The university is consulting with health experts at UVA Health, the Virginia Department of Health, the CDC and other partners.

Classes will not be held on campus again until at least April 5, and possibly through the end of the semester. Online classes will begin Thursday, March 19.

Students away on Spring Break are encouraged by the school to return home or to remain home if they are already there. Students on campus and in Charlottesville are encouraged to return home by this weekend.

Click here for information from UVA.

VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE:

All on-campus classes are canceled.

The Class of 2020 will have a December 2020 graduation ceremony in Cameron Hall. They may also participate in the May 2021 commencement if they are unable to make the December event. Ceremonies will be scheduled with ROTC departments for those commissioning. These will tentatively be in May and June.

Summer school's first session set for mid-May will be in distance learning mode. Additional summer program details are pending.

Scholarships, federal financial aid and other elements similar are under review to determine credits of tuition and fees. A handful of spring semester events are being rescheduled for the fall, while others will now be virtual.

Additional information about cadets retrieving belongings from barracks and returning materials can be found by clicking here.

VIRGINIA TECH:

Virginia Tech is transitioning to online and remote instruction (Zoom, video and other forms of delivery) for all undergraduate and graduate students at all Virginia Tech locations for the remainder of the spring semester. Spring Break is also being extended to Sunday, March 22, with classes resuming Monday, March 23.

The university asks faculty and instructors to be as flexible as possible in accommodating the needs of students. Resources are available to assist in transitions to online formats. You're asked to work with your department chair or head, program director or dean to coordinate and communicate the plans for adjusting instruction.

A message on grading from Executive Vice President and Provost Cyril Clarke

The move was announced Wednesday in the wake of coronavirus concerns with guidance from the CDC, the Virginia Department of Health, and the university's public health and safety experts.

WYTHEVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE:

Based on growing concern regarding COVID-19, Wytheville Community College has announced the college will be closed to students March 16-23. Online classes will continue as scheduled.

Only certain designated staff will work on-site beginning March 23, while others are to telework from March 23-April 3. Galax and Marion off-site locations will be close during this time. All college locations will be closed to allow time for sanitizing and cleaning on Friday, March 20, March 27 and April 3.

WCC will continue remote education at least until the end of the semester, following Gov. Northam's Executive Order 55. Students completing internships and clinicals have been contacted by faculty to communication program expectations during this time.

Most employees are working remotely but are still able to assist students. Assistance with applications, registration, financial aid and advising are all available via phone, chat and video conference.

For more information, visit Wytheville Community College online at www.wcc.vccs.edu or call (276)223-4700

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