Old Dominion University classes to remain online through spring semester

Posted at 8:38 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 20:48:23-04

NORFOLK, Va. — Amid concerns over the growing coronavirus pandemic, Old Dominion University's classes will remain online through the remainder of the spring semester, ODU President John R. Broderick wrote in a letter Tuesday.

Colleges and universities throughout Virginia have opted to move classes online due to the outbreak.

Broderick said employees will also continue to telework through the end of the semester.

The university will soon communicate specific information to students and families so they can begin scheduling times to get their belongings from residence halls and apartments. Broderick said university officials have made it a priority to provide housing for those who have nowhere else to go.

Classes will resume next week, and Broderick said the university has "assembled significant resources to help faculty and students navigate the process."

While they are making sure everyone has the opportunity to make progress toward "the ultimate goal," graduation, Broderick said he doesn't have an idea what it will look like. He said he will work with student and faculty leaders to "ensure a virtual celebration worthy of our graduates."

"Like colleges and universities across the world, we had no playbook to work from in facing this dreadful and unpredictable virus. But your safety and health have always been at the forefront of the actions we have taken. All members of this Monarch community are in my thoughts and prayers as we once again stand together, albeit for something most of us never envisioned," Broderick wrote.

More information will come within the next 24 hours, Broderick said.

Click here to read Broderick's full letter.

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