YSU, Kent State among universities making adjustments to prevent coronavirus spread


This comes after Ohio Gov. DeWine made the recommendation that all colleges and universities go to remote learning

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) — Universities like Youngstown State, Kent State, Akron, Penn State and Ohio State announced they are making adjustments to stop the spread of coronavirus.

This comes after Ohio Gov. DeWine made the recommendation that all colleges and universities go to remote learning.

YSU said it is extending spring break through March 22. There will be no classes during this time. The university will be using this time to come up with a plan for other ways to have classes if they have to shut down campus for a longer period of time.

In addition to spring break being extended, YSU is making the following changes:

  • All large, indoor campus events and gatherings are canceled through March 30.
  • All university-sponsored travel — domestic, as well as international — is suspended until further notice, unless the trip is deemed critical and approved by administration. The university is in contact with students and faculty who are currently on study abroad trips, and will work for their safe return.
  • Employees, faculty, staff and administration should report to work as usual. More detailed information for employees will be provided to them soon.
  • The university has plans in place to address the needs of students living on campus. Students are strongly encouraged to stay home or in their apartments.

Eastern Gateway Community College released details Wednesday on how it’s handling coronavirus concerns:

  • Previously-scheduled online classes will proceed as scheduled Monday, March 16
  • The Police Academy, ASPIRE and workforce development programs will continue as scheduled beginning Monday, March 16
  • Off-campus clinicals will continue as scheduled; any changes will come at the direction of the clinical location
  • All other classes held on campus will be canceled for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 to provide time for faculty to return from spring break and make adjustments to their classes for the remainder of the spring semester, including all terms
  • Faculty and staff will meet with administrators on campus Monday, March 16 — with an option to join virtually — to work through the logistical needs of transitioning classes online and which in-person classes are necessary to continue
  • All nonessential travel will be canceled
  • Community-based events, such as the upcoming career fair, will be canceled through March 31

Kent State is taking the following preventative and proactive actions:

  • March 10 at 4:25 p.m. (evening classes)-March 15: Face-to-face classes will cease for all of Kent State’s Ohio campus locations.
  • March 16-20: All classes will begin remote instruction.
  • March 23-29: Spring break will occur as scheduled.
  • March 30-April 10: Classes will be held via remote instruction.
  • April 13: Face-to-face classes will resume.

These changes also affect Kent State’s College of Podiatric Medicine, but clinical rotations will continue.

Westminster College decided Wednesday to extend spring break through March 18 and move to temporary remote instruction. Classes will be online instead of in-person from March 19 through at least April 3. During the spring break extension, faculty will prepare online instruction for students. Students may come back to campus briefly to get their books and other materials needed to complete their work. Otherwise, students are urged to stay at their permanent homes.

Penn State University announced Wednesday it will be canceling in-person classes due to coronavirus concerns. Students will do their classes online starting March 16. The university plans to resume in-person classes April 6. Students are strongly encouraged not to return to campus after spring break.

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) said all face-to-face instruction will be moving to virtual instruction through at least April 3.

Miami University of Ohio is also suspending face-to-face instruction in lectures, discussion sections, seminars and other similar classroom settings starting Wednesday. Courses will be delivered by remote instruction through at least April 12, 2020.

In a statement released Monday night, OSU stated it was suspending lectures, discussion sections, seminars, and similar classroom settings and moving to virtual instruction, effective immediately and through at least March 30.

Beginning Monday, March 16, Xaiver University in Cincinnati is suspending all face to face classes until April 14, and the University of Cincinnati is suspending face-to-face classes and moving to remote instruction until April 13.

John Carroll announced that beginning Wednesday, March 11, all in-person, face-to-face classes are suspended through and including Monday, April 13.

“To give our faculty and staff time to prepare for the transition to online learning, we are also canceling all classes on Wednesday, March 11, Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13.
Beginning Monday, March 16, all classes will resume online until at least Monday, April 13,” a statement from the university read.

The University of Akron also plans to cease face-to-face classes, starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 10. The university won’t have classes for two weeks while faculty develops plans for online instruction when the university returns from spring break on March 30.

Case Western Reserve University is also moving to remote delivery of its courses through April 6. The only exception is for students involved in clinicals. In those cases, students should talk to the dean of their individual schools. All classes will be canceled on March 16 and 17.

In response to DeWine’s recommendation, Eastern Gateway Community College in Youngstown released the following statement:

Eastern Gateway Community College Interim President Michael Geoghegan joined his colleagues in Columbus today for a meeting with Governor DeWine to discuss the state’s response to COVID-19. Tomorrow morning, Geoghegan will convene EGCC’s leadership team to operationalize the governor’s recommendation in a way that prioritizes health and safety and addresses the needs of students in hands-on workforce development programs that can not be offered online.

All online classes will continue as currently scheduled.

The director of Hannah E. Mullins School of Practical Nursing said they are closed through Friday and will move to “distance education” starting next week. There will be no face-to-face classes and course work will be completed from home.

Duquesne University is canceling all campus activities, effective Monday. Classes will resume online Wednesday, March 18.

Thiel College is canceling classes for Friday, March 13; Monday, March 16; and Tuesday, March 17. Online classes for students will begin on March 18 and continue until April 6.

“Discussions are being held, but at this point, we don’t meet the criteria to put that in place,” he said. “We haven’t had any students that have gone home that have met international travel requirements or that have self-reported.”

Grove City College will continue its regular class schedule through March 18, then classes will be suspended for the rest of the week. On March 23, online classes will begin until at least April 13.

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