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Aerial view of Susquehanna University. Source: Susquehanna University

Updated March 20, 2020, 9:30 a.m.

Susquehanna University has made the decision to move all instruction online for the remainder of the 2020 semester. As announced previously, web-based courses will begin Monday, March 23.

Face-to-face classes, events, and athletic competitions are cancelled for the rest of the semester.

“Our decision was not easy, but it fulfills three criteria very important to us: keeping our students, faculty, and staff safe; ensuring our students complete their semester; and slowing the spread of COVID-19 in alignment with U.S. and global efforts,” University President Jonathan D. Green said.

“When we made our most recent announcement (Monday morning) to delay returning to campus, a significant number of peer institutions were on a parallel schedule,” Green continued. “At that time, our local public schools were on a two-week hiatus, scheduled to reopen on March 30. Later that day, Governor Wolf implemented a sweeping set of mitigation efforts for Pennsylvania.”

Announcements are forthcoming regarding plans for the coming year and options for Commencement and Senior Week. Please continue to refer to their COVID-19 page for official university updates.

Susquehanna University also announced that it will refund students’ room and board fees in response to COVID-19. The university will credit students’ accounts a prorated amount for current-semester room and meal charges for each week students do not reside on campus. Eligible students will see those amounts credited to their accounts weekly beginning Friday, March 20.

Susquehanna staff continue to assist students while they are not on campus. For example, staff have been watering plants, feeding fish, and handling requests for shipping personal items since the spring break extension was announced last week.

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