ATLANTA — Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and Spelman College are making changes to their academic calendar amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Here’s what the Atlanta University Center Community announced Thursday:
Spring Break Extension: Spring Break for CAU, Morehouse, and Spelman has been extended through Sunday, March 22. Spring Break for MSM will run from March 21 – 30 as previously scheduled. During this time, faculty will be finalizing a transition to a virtual course delivery model and classes will no longer be offered on campus.
Virtual Instruction and Instructional Continuity: In-person classes have been suspended through the end of the academic year at CAU, Morehouse, Spelman, and MSM. Most classes will instead proceed through an online format beginning on Monday, March 23.
Residence Life: The schools are making significant changes to residential experiences to encourage “social distancing” – a key preventative measure which limits interactions that would advance the spread of the virus. In some cases, this means asking students to vacate residence halls during the extended Spring Break period and return home for their virtual learning for the balance of the semester. Policies differ by AUC institution, and you should reference the communication from your institution for guidance. Specific information about move out schedules, as well as additional information about ongoing residence hall policies will be provided by the residential life offices and student affairs divisions of each institution.
Events, Meetings and Travel Cancelations: Consistent with “social distancing,” events have been canceled on AUC campuses through the end of April.
“We also understand that Commencement and end-of-year activities are a special time for our graduates and their families. While no decision has been made regarding the status of events after April, discussions are ongoing, and we will have more information in the coming weeks. AUC institutions are also significantly limiting non-essential travel. Please review institutional communication regarding specific policies related to meetings and travel.”
Working from Home: Though in-person classes have been suspended, employees should refer to specific institutional communication for guidance regarding reporting to campus for work.