Concordia University Wisconsin is one of several higher education institutions suspending face-to-face classes in an attempt to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
In an email sent to CUW students on March 11, Vice President of Student Life Steve Taylor said, “While there are no cases of COVID-19 at Concordia University and we believe the risk to our students, faculty, and staff remains low, it is our responsibility to you and to our greater community to be proactive in our efforts to prevent the spread of this illness.”
This news came shortly after other universities in Wisconsin, including UW-Milwaukee, UW-Green Bay, and UW-LaCrosse, had announced that they too would be suspending in-person classes for varying amounts of time.
Alternate delivery of classes for CUW will begin on March 16, or March 24 for those on spring break this upcoming week, and will extend to April 13. CUW has also advised students not to return to campus directly after spring break, if possible. Instead, students should wait for further instructions to be given while still taking their courses online.
This sudden change in the semester is creating an atmosphere of concern among Concordia seniors as graduation approaches.
“Honestly, it’s super frustrating. I want to graduate on time and we shouldn’t have to worry,” CUW senior Nicholas Niswonger said.
Other students awaiting graduation, like Jen Sheridan, are choosing to simply trust the process.
“Obviously, it’s not ideal and I want to spend my last couple weeks at Concordia on campus, but I understand the university’s decision and putting our health first,” Sheridan said.
CUW plans to resume in-person classes on April 13, but this is subject to change. All updates regarding how COVID-19 is impacting CUW can be found on their website or by clicking here.
Written by Cecelia Milner.