Dr. Charles Patterson, president of Mansfield University, just announced that all university face-to-face classes will be suspended beginning March 16 and then taught online as of Monday, March 23.
“Although there are no known cases of COVID-19 on our campus or in our immediate region at this time, out of an abundance of caution — and with the health and welfare of our campus community as our priority — we have decided to suspend face-to-face instruction for one week (beginning Monday March 16) as we transition all of our instruction to online modalities. Courses that are already being taught online will continue without interruption; all other courses will resume instruction in an online format on Monday, March 23,” wrote Patterson in a letter to the university community.
The campus will remain open, he continued. This coming week will be used to transition from face-to-face classes to online modalities.
Mansfield University students living on campus may choose to move out of the residence halls and return home for the remainder of the spring semester, or remain in the residence halls. Some students (including international students and those who do not have reliable internet connectivity at home) may prefer to stay on campus.
Students who remain on campus will not necessarily stay in their current rooms. Instead, the university will consolidate the remaining residential students, using appropriate social distancing measures, to one or two residence halls for the remainder of the semester. Campus dining services will continue, though in a limited capacity.
As announced earlier, all university-sponsored travel is cancelled for faculty, staff, and students.
Internships, clinicals, field experiences, and student teaching assignments will continue as scheduled, as long as the host institution has not suspended operations or otherwise discontinued such experiences.
Staff will continue to report to work, unless they are not feeling well.
“We intend to complete the spring 2020 semester on time,” Patterson wrote.
Ongoing PSAC spring sports competitions will continue with enhanced precautions for student athletes, pending additional guidance from the PSAC and NCAA.
Commencement is still planned for the end of the spring semester.
On-campus events being attended by external visitors (such as a campus visit day) are being assessed on case-by-case basis. Updates will be posted to Mansfield’s COVID-19 Resources page: https://www.mansfield.edu/alerts/coronavirus.cfm.