University of Alabama Extends Spring Break, Transitions to Online Classes Due to COVID-19 Conerns
The University of Alabama announced it is extending Spring Break due to growing concerns about the transmission of COVID-19. Students are also advised NOT to return to campus following the break.
UPDATE: The University of Alabama System stated it is taking additional measures to ensure students and faculty are not exposed to the Corona Virus. Spring Break has noe been extended through March 30, 2020 as per the latest press release from UA President Stuart Bell.
"Based on recent developments, discussions with leadership on our campuses and with other institutions, and advice of the University of Alabama System Task Force, we are making immediate preparations to transition to on-line or alternate instruction for all academic courses to protect the health and safety of our communities. This policy will be re-evaluated on or before Monday, April 6, 2020," UA stated its most recent press release.
After Spring Break, students are told NOT to return to campus. Classes will transition to coursework via distance learning.
"Following Spring Break, UA System students should not return to campus and will continue their course work via distance learning subject to the following limited exceptions: (a) international or other students who do not have alternative accommodations; (b) students from areas without high-speed internet or other means of receiving remote instruction; and (c) students with exceptional hardships, or academic, employment, clinical or research requirements that should be reviewed by the respective campuses on a case-by-case basis. Arrangements will be made by the campuses to ensure any students remaining on campus have access to essential services."
UA has also suspended non-essential meetings and gatherings. View the entire UA statement HERE.
We will continue to monitor this story and bring you updates as they are made available.