With the threat of the coronavirus becoming more prominent, Troy University announced plans to continue distance learning for the remainder of the spring semester as well as the summer.
In-class offerings for the summer semester, which will start May 26, are suspended, according to a news release sent Tuesday.
Additionally, the university said it would prorate housing and parking fees, and it also is issuing refunds for parking, meal plans (including commuter plans) and housing fees, which will be prorated from April 6 to the end of the semester. Refunds will be given to graduating seniors and all other students will receive a credit on their fall semester bill.
Spring commencement at all locations, including the Dothan campus, will be postponed until July 24 to coincide with summer commencement ceremonies. Degrees will be conferred in May to students who meet graduation eligibility requirements.
Residence halls on Troy’s campus, except for Pace and Shackelford halls, will close Friday, April 6, and all current residents remaining on campus and not applying for extended housing must be moved out by that date. All other campus residents who have already left campus must move their belonging out of their rooms by April 12 during scheduled time slots.
University Housing will send a follow-up email with instructions for checkout procedures. Students not able to meet the move-out date must contact the Housing Office for an extension.
Extended housing will be granted to international students; students with academic, clinical or research requirements; students with no means of receiving remote instruction; or those with exceptional hardships.
All campus events for April and May have been canceled. Summer events will be evaluated at a later date.
All study-abroad trips previously scheduled for May and the summer have been canceled.
Troy University has increased the number of employees who may work remotely.
“By extending our remote learning and working policies, we hope to do our part as a university to slow the spread of the coronavirus,” said the university’s chancellor, Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. “Troy University is uniquely equipped to face this challenging time thanks to our history as a pioneer in online learning. We remain committed to the success of our students and will work diligently throughout this process to ensure each of you can continue your college journey.
“I urge all of our students, faculty and staff to follow the guidance of local, state and national leaders and take proper precautions to limit your exposure to the virus and prevent its spread. Together, we can overcome this challenge, and I am convinced our university will emerge stronger than ever.”
The university continues to host updates at troy.edu/coronavirus.