Maryville University Moves to Virtual Course Platform for Two Weeks
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No known coronavirus cases among campus community members
Maryville University is transitioning to a virtual learning format for two weeks beginning March 16 amid the national coronavirus epidemic. The university is using this week, spring break, to prepare for this transition.
On Monday, March 16, all on-campus classes will resume their spring semester in a virtual format for the following two weeks during which the university will be assessing the evolving COVID-19 situation. Maryville plans to resume on-ground classes on Monday, March 30. Maryville’s residence halls, food service, library, athletics and student support services will remain open and available to students as they continue their education.
Maryville does not have any known coronavirus cases among its campus community. The decision to shift courses to a virtual format eliminates the obligation of students to take courses on campus and is in line with our commitment to being flexible and responsive to our students’ needs. Maryville is uniquely positioned to manage this transition given its strength in providing online education programs to students across the country. This decision is particularly timely as Maryville students are currently on spring break and many students, faculty and staff would be returning to campus after having traveled domestically and abroad, increasing potential exposure.
“This temporary shift will allow students to continue their academic progress while mitigating the risk of exposure to the coronavirus. The health and wellbeing of our campus community is of paramount importance,” says President Mark Lombardi, PhD.
At this time, Maryville’s student population comprises approximately 6,000 online students and 4,000 on-campus students. The university has been offering online degree programs since 2012 and recently expanded its undergraduate degree program offerings. The staff and infrastructure in place for the online programs provides robust resources for Maryville to quickly transition on-campus to a virtual format.
Maryville has already canceled all study abroad programs, restricted university-sponsored travel and is implementing a policy for staff to work remotely, when appropriate. Maryville’s campus will remain open and fully staffed to serve residential students who choose to remain on campus. The university has taken and will continue to take precautionary steps to clean and disinfect campus as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
“We continue to partner with the St. Louis Department of Public Health, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the CDC to make sure our policies and procedures meet or exceed their guidelines,” says Lombardi.
The university is evaluating upcoming events and activities that involve students, alumni and/or members of the general public. Regular updates will be made on the university’s webpage: maryville.edu/coronavirus.