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Transylvania announces further changes in response to COVID-19; winter, May terms to be taught remotely

Transylvania University Interim President Dr. John N. Williams on Wednesday announced further changes to the university’s academic program in response to COVID-19.

“We have made the decision, in the best interests of the community we hold dear, to take additional steps to protect the health and safety of our Transylvania students, faculty and staff,” Williams said.

“After extensive conversations with campus leadership, we have decided to move to remote instruction for the remainder of the academic year and provide May term instruction remotely only for seniors who require credits to graduate in May. Here is what that means:”

-Classes will resume on March 23 and will be delivered by remote instruction through the last scheduled day of regular classes on April 17.

-Final exams will take place remotely from April 21 to April 24.

-Because May term classes are unique and provide highly interactive learning, offering them online is challenging. We have made the decision to prioritize graduating seniors this May term and offer online instruction only to those seniors who require credits to graduate in May 2020.

-May term classes for seniors who need them will begin online starting April 27, and conclude May 19.

-At this time, Transylvania is requiring all students to return to their permanent residences by March 24, unless they receive approval to remain on campus. Requests to remain in campus housing will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

-Transylvania is considering options for commencement, including postponement from May 23 to a later date.

-Most on-campus events through the end of the academic year will be canceled or rescheduled. For a list of specific events, visit our website.

-At this time, Transylvania Athletics has suspended its spring sports activities.

Public updates on Transylvania’s response are posted at www.transy.edu/health-alert. The full text of Williams’ message is available there.

From Transylvania University

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