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West Chester University students and faculty will be moving to online instruction for the upcoming fall semester
At 11:05 a.m. today, West Chester University students and faculty received an email from WCU president Dr. Christopher Fiorentino announcing that the fall semester will remain online due to the rapidly growing cases of COVID-19.
As the number of new cases in the US reaches 60,000, the university will be offering both online and in-person classes in a “hybrid format.” There will also be an opportunity during the winter and summer semesters to receive up to six free credits in classes for students currently taking 12-18 credits in the fall in order to successfully graduate within the four-year timeline.
“WCU cannot ignore the potential danger of bringing thousands back to campus. Accordingly, our plans for the fall semester must adjust to this new reality,” said Fiorentino. Meaning, Fiorentino and his leadership team will be implementing new strategies to assist in the transition of online learning. This includes adding a technology loaning program, remote tutoring and supplemental instruction, a library loaning delivery service and other programs.
Two upcoming events will be happening this week regarding the sudden change of plans. On Monday, July 13 from 10-11:00 a.m., Fiorentino and his leadership will be hosting an employee meeting. There will also be a virtual student town meeting for students and their families on Thursday, July 16 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
More information regarding the new protocols are posted under the FAQ page on the WCU university website.
Nikki Haslett is a fourth-year B.A. English writings major with a minor in journalism.