YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Students at Youngstown State University are starting to move out of their dorms Saturday as classes move online for the rest of the semester.
President Jim Tressel sent a statement to students and employees Friday.
He wants to minimize the number of students on campus.
Spring break has been extended through March 22, and afterwards, classes will resume completely online.
Students are advised not to come to campus.
The news was hard for students who had their first year of college cut short.
“I’m so upset,” said freshman Paige Stewart. “I was so excited to be here and I love it at YSU, so I’m really heartbroken that I have to go home and that our year is cut off like this.”
For many, it’s the friends who have become like family that the students will miss the most.
“A lot of my friends are leaving and we all just got back from spring break. It’s hard to say goodbye. It was unexpected. Obviously, we thought we were going to have more time here,” said another freshman, Trenton Peluso.
Many students are also left confused.
“Trying to find a plan, trying to figure out where I was going to go, trying to figure out what was going to happen was just kind of a whirlwind of stuff,” said Peluso.
Students who need to stay in the dorms will be accommodated.
The university is working to offer refunds or credits to students.