UPDATE (3/20/20 4:25 p.m.)
PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University has announced in a release that in addition to delivering classes online for the remainder of the semester, it will be implementing a campus-wide remote working strategy for employees for two weeks.
The release stated that only those employees who are deemed essential for the function of specific areas will be permitted on campus.
AB President Dr. James “Tim” Barry announced on Thursday that the university was taking proactive steps to safeguard AB and to maximize social distancing.
“Of paramount importance in dealing with the current challenges is the health and well-being of our faculty, staff, and students,” said Dr. Barry. “We will continue to operate the University to the best of our ability in an online and remote capacity in order to serve our students and their progress toward degree completion.”
UPDATE (3/17/20 1:44 p.m.):
PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University is suspending face-to-face classes and will transition to virtual instruction because of concerns over coronavirus.
In a statement Tuesday, AB said instruction will be virtual for the remainder of the spring semester beginning March 23. Faculty members are working to transition all courses for remote learning.
Students will not be required to be on campus for classes or exams, with some exceptions for certain clinical experiences or fieldwork in which students are serving patients or clients, according to the statement.
AB said residential students will be required to move out as soon as possible, and by no later than Tuesday, March 31 at noon. A self-checkout procedure will be used.
Any students who cannot move out must receive approval to remain on campus by contacting the Office of Student Affairs. Only students who meet specific criteria will be allowed to stay on campus. These include international students; students having student-teacher, clinical and/or internship placements; and students for whom AB is their permanent address, and no other housing options are available.
In addition, this year’s commencement date of May 10 has been postponed, according to the statement. The school is looking at ways to celebrate graduates in the future.
All other university-related events have been canceled, the school said. Campus offices will remain open.
ORIGINAL STORY (3/12/20 2:37 p.m.):
Alderson Broaddus University is extending spring break by one week because of the coronavirus outbreak.
According to a release from the school, to minimize any potential spread of illness, AB plans to resume classes, possibly in an online format, on Monday, March 23.
Students are urged not to return to campus unless absolutely necessary. Students currently on campus who need to remain, or anyone who needs to return due to exigent circumstances should contact the Office of Student Affairs, according to the release.
In addition, athletic events are suspended until further notice, according to the school.
Faculty and staff members will continue to report to campus as regularly scheduled. During the week of March 16, AB will engage in planning and training for procedures that may or may not become necessary for continuing university operations during the remainder of the semester, the release stated.
The school said it will make an official announcement about additional measures on Wednesday, March 18.
Other schools in the area have announced their plans moving forward, including West Virginia University, Fairmont State University, Salem University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Glenville State College, Davis & Elkins College and Pierpont Community & Technical College.