Clarion University goes with online classes

From staff reports

Clarion University is pivoting to a primarily remote instructional model for the fall as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a university news release.

The approach is designed to decrease population density on campus and ensure academic continuity for students by removing the possibility of a switch to remote learning later in the semester, should conditions warrant it, the release said.

Experiential classes, including student teaching, clinicals, externships, internships and co-ops, will continue as scheduled, according to the release. All other classes will be taught remotely.

Some courses will require students to log into their class at specific times to interact in real time; other courses will not require specific log-in times, but will have deadlines to complete coursework, the release said.

“Since March, a University Reopening Planning Committee has worked to allow the return of students, faculty and staff to campus,” Clarion President Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson said.

“As the committee continued to monitor news about COVID-19, they determined the safest course of action is to move the majority of classes to remote delivery for fall 2020.”

Pehrsson said the decision to go with primarily remote instruction also allows students to stay on pace for graduation, and that faculty and staff “stand ready” in that effort.

“Academic support will be available to help students navigate through the semester,” she said.

The library, Student Support Services, computer labs, Becht, Gemmel, Tippin, the Recreation Center will be open, adhering to health and safety protocols; some services will require appointments, the release said.

University housing will be open for students who prefer that option, according to the release. Students will self-screen before coming to campus and then must adhere to established protocol.

Students who wish to withdraw from university housing may do so without penalty, according to the release. Dining venues will be restricted and occupancy limits set for locations.

Details regarding financial adjustments will be finalized next week, the release said.