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Tough Decisions hit HBCUs as Coronavirus Spreads

HBCUs

By: David Johnson & Alyssa Camacho, BNC Digital

With the threat of coronavirus on the rise, HBCU administrative offices have been faced with tough decisions concerning the safety of students and faculty.

With the status of HBCU spring graduations still uncertain, here is an update concerning all HBCU classes and campus activity as of March 12th, 2020.

HBCU’s & Coronavirus Campus Updates:

Alabama

  • Alabama A&M– Face-to-face classes have been suspended and online instruction will begin March 16 until the end of the spring semester. Spring Break will continue as planned the week of March 20-April 2 and classes will resume online on April 6. Faculty and staff are expected to maintain their normal work schedules and office hours. The university encourages students to vacate campus facilities as soon as possible. All students must vacate the premise by 5 p.m March 20. Students shall not return to campus following spring break. Libraries, residence halls, Normal Hills and dining services will remain open until March 20. Pre-registration for classes will open on Monday, April 6, please contact your advisor as usual (you can find available courses at https://ssb.aamu.edu/PROD/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched .) Housing registration for returning students will open on April 13 (you can find the university’s housing criteria at https://www.aamu.edu/campus – life/housing/apply.html) Spring week activities are cancelled effective immediately as well as all activities presentations and social events sponsored by Greek lettered organizations. Decisions regarding Spring Commencement and other events beyond April 6 have been POSTPONED.
  • Alabama State– Students are not to return to campus following spring break. Face-to-face classes have been suspended and online instruction will begin March 30 until the end of the semester. All internal and external campus events have been cancelled as of March 16. All athletic competition and practices are cancelled the remainder of the semester. Decisions regarding Commencement will be shared on a later date.
  • Miles College– Face-to-face classes have been suspended and online instruction will begin March 30 through the remainder of the semester. Online instruction will be available beginning March 16 to any off-campus students that wish to remain home. All extra-curricular activities and athletic events have been suspended for the remainder of the semester. Campus operations will remain open, but all residence halls will close on Sunday March 22. Decisions regarding Commencement will be shared on a later date. 
  • Tuskegee College– Spring break extended to March 22 and online instruction will begin March 23 for the remainder of the semester. Students who are exhibiting no symptoms are allowed to return to their residence halls on March 22. Campus dining, library and bookstore will remain open. University travel, campus events and activities are cancelled until April 30. March 21 open house has been postponed and a date is to be determined. Students who wish to vacate campus or remain are to follow the guidelines provided https://www.tuskegee.edu/Content/Uploads/Tuskegee/files/coronavirus/2020.03.13%20Residence%20Life%20Update.pdf
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff– Face-to face classes have been suspended. Students will begin online instruction March 12 to March 20. Classes hope to resume Monday, March 30. All students must vacate residence halls by noon Saturday March 14 so that dorms can be cleaned. Dorms will reopen Sunday March 29

 

California

  • Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science– Face-to face classes have been suspended effective 7am Thursday March 12. Classes will continue online starting March 16, and online teaching didactic will commence for nurse practitioner students beginning Saturday, March 14. Campus meetings and events have all been cancelled.

 

Delaware

  • Delaware State University– Face-to-face classes are suspended and will be moved to online instruction beginning March 18 until April 3. While the university will remain open, they encourage any students who have currently left for spring break not to return until April 5. Students who are currently residing on campus during spring break are to leave campus and return home, if possible, by March 15. Early College High School will be moved to online instruction. Spring athletics will continue as scheduled but will be restricted to essential personnel only and spectators will not be allowed. All university travel, both international and domestic, are suspended until April 5. All meeting and campus events are to be cancelled, postponed or conducted via teleconferencing, group chat or live streaming.

 

Washington D.C

  • Howard University– Classes moved to online as of March 23-April 6th. iLab’s and computer centers will remain open. Dorms will remain open, common and social areas will receive a nightly cleaning. Sodexo (food service) working to create a food concierge service for students living on campus. Students will be surveyed upon arrival from Spring Break regarding travel and dorm accommodations. All non-essential travel sponsored by the university is cancelled.
  • Howard University School of Law– Same as above.
  • University of the District of Columbia – No information provided at this time.

 

Florida

  • Florida A&M University – Face-to-face classes suspended and will be moved to online instruction beginning March 23. Return April 6th. Residence halls and dining services will be open during the 2week online period. All campus events that require community participation have been cancelled (Spring Preview, Sound the Alarm, Be Out Day, STEM Day). The Spring Orange and green game will proceed but without fans in attendance. A location has been identified for use in the event students who live on campus need to self-isolate.
  • Florida Memorial– All external events on campus will be suspended until March 27. Effective immediately, all athletic practices are suspended until March 27. All university sponsored travel, international and domestic have been suspended.
  • Bethune Cookman University– Students are not to return to campus for two weeks following spring break. Face-to-face classes are suspended and students will transition to online instruction beginning March 16. All upcoming athletic events and campus events are cancelled. All university international sponsored travel has been suspended. Domestic travel will be determined on a case by case basis. The University will remain open.
  • Edward Waters College– Extended spring break for one week. Students and faculty are encouraged to remain off campus at this time. Face-to-face classes will resume on March 23, however it is possible that future circumstances will cause the university to move classes to an online platform.

 

Georgia

  • Albany State University– Face-to-face classes are suspended until March 27, as the university prepares to move courses online. Students who have departed campus for spring break are not to return. Any students still on campus are expected to depart by 5p.m March 13. If you have extenuating circumstances and are unable to leave please contact the university housing office (asuhousing@asurams.edu or 229-500-2025).
  • Fort Valley State University– Face-to-face classes suspended for two weeks. Students currently on spring break are strongly encouraged not to return to campus. Students on living on campus are asked to vacate the premise by the close of business Friday, March 13 and do not return until March 29. Students unable to move out, the university will provide accommodations on campus upon application to Campus Life. All campus activities and events are suspended during this time.
  • Savannah State University– Face-to-face classes suspended for two weeks. Classes will be moved to online instruction.
  • Clark Atlanta University– Face-to-face classes suspended. Classed will be moved to online instruction for two weeks.
  • Morehouse College– Spring Break has been extended for one week, until March 20th. Face-to-face classes have been suspended and online classes will begin on March 23rd. Students on campus are to move out of the resident halls by 9 p.m on March 21. All college sponsored trips, travel for athletics are suspended. All campus events, on-campus filming projects, and campus tours are cancelled. Activities related to Admitted Students Day will be done virtually
  • Morris Brown College– Face-to-face classes suspended. Classed will be moved to online instruction for two weeks.
  • Paine College– Face-to-face classes suspended. Classed will be moved to online instruction for two weeks.
  • Spelman College– Face-to-face classes suspended. Classed will be moved to online instruction for two weeks.

 

Kentucky

  • Kentucky State University– Face-to-face classes suspended until April 13. From March 16-March 22 classes are cancelled so faculty and staff can prepare for online delivery of their courses. Online instruction will begin March 23. Students are encouraged not to return to campus if at all possible. Housing will be made available for those students with the appropriate circumstances. Campus will remain open, but campus dining halls will closed to avoid large crowds. Students living on campus will be notified via their dorm director regarding dining services. All campus events and intercollegiate activities prior to April 13 will be cancelled.

 

Louisiana

  • Dillard University– Face-to-face classes cancelled, online instruction will begin March 23 until further notice. University services, dining and residence halls will remain open. Students will have the option to leave campus for the remainder of the semester as they will have the ability to access their courses remotely through Canvas. Faculty and staff will be asked to report to work as normal as both current and prospective students will still need seek access to services.
  • Grambling University– Classes still in session. Several campus events cancelled until April 30th. All university sponsored travel, both international and domestic are hereby suspended. Students and Faculty are to disclose personal travel plans to the university. Anyone visiting campus, students, faculty and visitors are required to complete a GSU Confidential Health Form.
  • Southern University @Baton Rouge– Face-to-face classes are suspended from March 16-21. Spring break will be held on March 23-27. Classes will resume on March 30. But will be conducted through online instruction for the remainder of the semester. Students living on campus are encouraged to return home.
  • Southern University @New Orleans– Face-to-face classes are suspended. Spring break is rescheduled for the week of March 16. Classes will resume on March 23. But will be conducted through online instruction for the remainder of the semester. Students living on campus are encouraged to return home.
  • Southern University @Shreveport- Face-to-face classes are suspended. Spring break will be held on March 23-27. Classes will resume on March 30. But will be conducted through online instruction for the remainder of the semester. Students living on campus are encouraged to return home.

 

Maryland

  • Bowie State University– Face-to-face classes cancelled as of March 10. Students should not plan to return to campus after until April 6. Deans of each college have organized Blackboard training sessions for all faculty members to continue their classes remotely. The university has suspended all non-essential and international travel, as well as all campus events. The campus will remain open before, during and after spring break.
  • Coppin State University– Face-to-face classes are suspended. University advises students to plan to be away from campus at least until April 6. Beginning March 23 all courses will be online instructed. Encouraging students who live on campus that do not have any course obligations should depart immediately.
  • Morgan State University– Face-to-face classes are suspended. All classes will be moved to online instruction. Administration advises students to take all devices, textbooks. All residence halls will still be open.

 

Mississippi

  • Alcorn State University– Extended spring break, all face-to-face classes are suspended and will be moved online beginning March 23. Students who are able to return home and stay home the remainder of the semester are encouraged to do so to prevent potential transmission. Students unable to return home will continued to be accommodated with campus services. The Office of Student Affairs and Residence Life will coordinate with students and parents to schedule dates to remove personal belongings from dormitories. University services and operations will remain open.
  • Jackson State University– Extended spring break, classes will be moved to online instruction beginning March 23. Has assembled a coronavirus response team.
  • Mississippi Valley State University– Extended spring break for a week. Face-to-face classes have been cancelled and moved to online instruction beginning March 23. Students who reside on campus are asked to only return to their dorms if they have extenuating circumstances, inform their resident director if they’ll be returning. University ask that students who intend to return to campus, they limit their interactions with non-residential visitors.

 

Missouri

  • Harris-Stowe State University– extending spring break till March 23. The university is utilizing this time to sanitize the campus and plan for a possible shift to online-only classes. Both the university and the William L. Clay Early Childhood Center will remain open. Faculty is to report to work at 9am on March 16 for training and to plan for the possible online shift to conduct a training. Residence halls will remain close until 10 am March 21. Intercollegiate athletics competitions are expected to go as planned for now.
  • Lincoln University of Missouri- Spring break will be extended through March 20, residence halls will be closed throughout the week. Faculty and staff will have regular business hours the week of March 16.

 

North Carolina

  • Bennett College– Face-to-face classes suspended and students will begin online instruction on Monday, March 16 for the remainder of the semester. Students are required to move out of their dorms by noon on March 23. Spring commencement will be celebrated virtually, the college will confer degrees for students who complete all pending degree requirements and degrees will be mailed.
  • Elizabeth City State University– Extended spring break and will begin at the close of business on March 17. Alternative course delivery will begin on March 23. The university will determine which classes, such as those with labs, will continue to be in person. All outside events and gatherings with more than 100+ attendees are cancelled or postponed. University sponsored travel to gatherings of 100+ attendees is suspended as well as travel out of state. Residence halls will close March 21 and reopen at 8am on March 29.
  • Fayetteville State University– spring break will be extended for students only for one week. Face-to-Face classes will be cancelled, and the university will switch to online instruction beginning March 23. Faculty is expected to return to campus on March 16. FSU Spring open house cancelled March 21.
  • Livingstone College– Face-to-face classes have been suspended until March 20. Classes will be held online for the duration of the spring semester. Students residing on campus are encouraged to vacate the dormitories no later than noon on March 18. Students with extenuating circumstances that will need to remain on campus are to complete the form on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3V2T7SC and to contact the Office of Student Affairs. All student activities are canceled including weekly Wednesday assemblies until further notice.
  • Johnson C. Smith University– Face-to face classes are suspended and courses will be moved online for the remainder of the semester. Spring break has been extended for one week through March 27 in order for faculty and staff to prepare for the transition. All resident halls will close March 30 at 12 noon for the remainder of the semester. MSW and Metropolitan College, adult and evening classes have been moved online as well. Plans for the 2020 Baccalaureate service and Commencement exercise will be reviewed by April 15. All campus events have been suspended until further notice.
  • North Carolina A&T State University– face to face classes canceled, transition to online courses beginning March 23 as advised by the North Carolina University System.
  • North Carolina Central University- Same as above.
  • Winston Salem State- Same as above.
  • St. Augustine’s College– Students returning to campus residences after spring break must provide medical clearance documents for a physician at their own expense. All university related travel is prohibited. University related non-essential travel is restricted.
  • Shaw University – Face-to-face classes suspended and online instruction will beginning March 21. Students who have left campus for spring break should plan not to return to campus. Any student who needs to return to campus are asked to contact the Office of Student Affairs, and student services will be provided. Campus operations will remain open and all faculty and staff will report to work as usual. All university sponsored travel is suspended. Large events will be cancelled, postponed or modified for the immediate future, no decisions have been made yet in regards to Commencement.

 

Ohio

  • Central State University– students are to leave for spring break March 12 without penalty. Classes will be conducted remotely beginning March 23-April 4. Students who intend to remain on campus are to contact their resident director. Food services will remain open for those students will be on campus. All campus events with large crowds expected are suspended as well as non-essential travel.
  • Wilberforce University – Face-to-face classes will be suspended effective March 16, that includes lectures, labs, seminars and precepts. All courses will be moved to online instruction. University faculty will be provided comprehensive training and remote instruction on March 12 and March 13. The university will cease on-campus operations until March 31 and will reevaluate that decision to return to normal operations in that time. The Division of Student Engagement and Student Success will assist students as the prepare to depart from campus. All on campus events have been cancelled. Commencement will proceed as scheduled on May 9, 2020.

 

Oklahoma

  • Langston University– Face-to-face classes are suspended and will transition to hybrid delivery courses effective March 22- April 5. All social events scheduled on or after March 22 are postponed until after April 5.

 

Pennsylvania 

  • Cheyney University– Spring break extended for one week for Students only. Currently anticipate that in-person classes will resume on March 23.
  • Lincoln University– Face-to-Face classes are suspended for the remainder of the semester. Beginning March 16 all classes will transition to online instruction. All students who reside on campus are required to vacate their rooms by March 15 for the remainder of the semester and finish their coursework remotely. All non-essential events and public gatherings of 100+ people are cancelled.

 

South Carolina

  • Benedict University– Spring break extended into the week of March 16-20, all residence halls, food service and business operations will remain open. Faculty is expected to return on March 16 to plan for online learning formats. All scheduled campus events are cancelled until April 1.
  • Claflin University– Spring break extended for students only until March 22. Residence halls will reopen on March 22 at 2pm. Classes will resume in person on March 23 at 8am.
  • South Carolina State University– Extended spring break through March 23. Students should not return to campus on March 16. Face-to-face classes have been suspended and moved to online instruction beginning March 23. All residence halls and dining services will remain open, but are strongly encouraged not to return to campus and to closely monitor their university email for updates on when in-person classes will resume. Faculty should report back to work on March 16. International university-sponsored travel has been suspended.

 

Tennessee

  • Tennessee State University– Face-to-face classes have been suspended and will be switched to online beginning March 16. Campus will remain open. International travel is suspended through the end of April.
  • Fisk University– Face-to-face classes have been suspended and online instruction will begin March 16 and will be indefinite until further notice. All student activities and events have also been suspended. Residence halls are set to close also for the remainder of the spring semester beginning March 21. Maymester courses will also be offered online as opposed to in-person.

 

Texas

  • Prairie View A&M University– Classes suspended until March 23. The week of March 16 will focus on additional faculty training using eCourses platform for preparations to switch to online instruction. Students are encouraged to remain off campus.
  • Texas Southern University– Face-to-face classes cancelled following spring break. Classes will resume remotely beginning March 23. Campus will remain open and all offices and services will continue to operate. Residence halls will remain open for students who need it. University sponsored travel and study abroad trips have been cancelled at least until the end of summer 2020. Campus events are postponed until April 4. All Swac events will continue as scheduled with a no fan policy.
  • Wiley College– Face-to-face classes have been suspended and online instruction will begin March 16. All courses will administered through CANVAS. All athletic games have been cancelled for the remainder of the season (baseball, and Men and Women’s Track and Field). All campus events cancelled and Founder’s day observances cancelled until homecoming 2020. Graduation will be held on May 2 at Marshall High School, and however the Baccalaureate program will be cancelled. Travel programmatic activities have been suspended along with travel to professional conferences and recruitment travel will be determined on a case-by case basis.

 

Virginia

  • Norfolk State University- Spring break being extended to March 22nd. Residence halls will reopen on March 22nd. Classes are being moved online March 23-April 6. Students who don’t have alternative housing are to contact the university housing office (757-823-8407 or housing@nsu.edu ) Blackboard training for Faculty will begin on March 16. All professors are expected to return March 16. University events of 100+ attendees are cancelled. University sponsored international travel is suspended. Created a Health and Safety Tips video.
  • Virginia State University– Faculty preparing to provide remote instruction if the university deems it necessary. Large school gatherings have been cancelled/postponed for a minimum of 30 days. Campus election, Mr and Miss VSU Pageant, Probates and Student Town Hall will be streamed online. No spectators at home sporting events. No Self-serve areas in campus dining halls. As well as all university sponsored travel abroad trips.
  • Virginia Union University– Extended spring break for students through March 21. Faculty and staff are to return back to work as regularly scheduled on Monday, March 16. Online instruction will begin on March 23 using Microsoft TEAMS and My.VUU. All university events, both on and off, and athletic events campus during the month of March are postponed. Enrollment Management recruitment activities will be held virtually.