From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TUSCALOOSA — Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the University of Alabama announced the closure the Tuscaloosa campus for the remainder of the Spring semester on Wednesday. Students and faculty were told not to return to campus following Spring Break.
The university also canceled graduation commencement for the semester. Students will complete their classes online, according to a statement released by UA President Stuart Bell. Click here to read the full announcement.
“Please understand the thoughtfulness with which this plan was developed and is now conveyed,” Bell said. “I personally believe there is no higher calling than to be an educator, and it is a great joy of my life and of the lives of our many faculty and staff to interact with a rich and active campus life.”
Issues discussed in the statement included;
- The only exception to online classes will be made as accreditors or licensors require.
- Residence halls, Greek houses and other campus facilities will be closed.
- A staggered move out schedule for campus housing will be implemented.
- Housing hardships for those needing to remain must be compelling and must be approved.
- Interim and Summer study abroad classes are canceled.
- Regular Interim and Summer classes may also be taught online with a decision to come later.