Special to the Opelika Observer
Auburn University will transition from on-campus instruction to remote delivery beginning Monday, March 16 and continue through April 10 in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
University officials ask that students refrain from returning to campus after spring break. University officials will subsequently determine if students will return to campus for the remaining weeks of the spring semester. Auburn faculty will contact students on steps they should take to continue their academic coursework.
The university will continue normal operations, although departments and units should utilize remote work and “social distancing” as appropriate.
“The Auburn Family faces many unknowns about this virus,” said Auburn University President Jay Gogue. “We are taking these unprecedented steps based on our utmost concern for the health and well-being of Auburn students, faculty and staff. In the meantime, we continue working with public health and emergency preparedness officials to make decisions in the best interest of the campus community and to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”
Other university actions:
All university events, including sporting events, are canceled through April 10, ensuring appropriate “social distancing” and helping prevent the potential spread of the virus.
All university domestic and international travel is suspended through April 10.
Dining facilities, libraries and residence halls will be closed through April 10. University officials will make arrangements for international students and others who are unable to return home. Students who have specific questions should contact the Division of Student Affairs.
Decisions have not yet been made on spring commencement, summer study abroad programs or other events and activities beyond April 10.
The university medical clinic remains open. Those exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms should immediately call the Auburn Medical Clinic at 334-844-9825 before visiting the clinic.
University officials will make arrangements for students who do not have access to the technology needed for remote instruction.
Students who live on campus and believe it necessary to return to campus to collect personal items should first contact the Office of University Housing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auburn officials urge the following safety precautions:
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
- Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve
- Don’t touch your face, especially your eyes, mouth and nose
- Disinfect commonly touched surfaces, including mobile devices
Daily updates will be posted on ocm.auburn.edu/news/coronavirus/. Auburn University at Montgomery will issue a separate announcement regarding its operations.