Universities and Community College Information Regarding COVID-19
Arizona State University, The University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University moved classes online for the remainder of the semester. The campuses at ASU and UA remain open, and students can still live in the dorms if necessary. Students who have other living arrangements are encouraged to stay away from campus. Other parts of campus that are open include food services, health centers, libraries and computer labs.
The University of Arizona announced March 20, it has canceled its graduation ceremonies due to the coronavirus. The university is planning an “alternate graduation experience” in place of the ceremony scheduled for May 15 and will give updates as early as March 27, according to the statement. At this time, many students are struggling to meet rent and utility obligations and to afford other basic necessities. The UA utilizes the Student Emergency Fund to support students who are in danger from withdrawing due to an unexpected, temporary financial hardship as a result of illness, family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency or crisis situations.
Spring graduation ceremonies at Northern Arizona University won’t be happening this year, or at least not as originally planned. In an email to students and faculty, NAU President Rita Cheng said she made the decision to cancel commencement at the Skydome after much thought and careful consideration of the guidelines outlined by the CDC.
At Grand Canyon University, all but a few select classes on the Phoenix campus will be moved online for the remainder of the spring semester. The GCU Phoenix campus will remain open on a “limited” basis, including residential housing, the library and select food services.
Maricopa Community Colleges: All in-person and hybrid classes are suspended through Sunday, April 5, 2020. All current online classes will continue to be held as scheduled. Faculty are currently working on moving existing in-person and hybrid classes to alternative or online learning environments for the remainder of the Spring semester. They recognize that there are courses and learning experiences that cannot be delivered in an alternative learning format and are currently identifying solutions, All colleges have canceled all student activities, including athletic games and practices, and have postponed college events during this time period. MCC shared these top 8 tips for success with online classes. As of March 26, MCC cancelled all in-person Commencement and Convocation ceremonies scheduled for April and May 2020.
Arizona Western College in-person classes have transitioned to online wherever possible until March 27. AWC spring break is March 30 through April 3, during which the school will assess the situation. The college is currently providing students with library services and tutoring remotely, as well as advising, registration, etc.
Pima Community College has suspended face-to-face student and public services through March 27.
Arizona Christian University will extend its spring break through March 20, and all classes will be online for the remainder of the semester. The campus will remain open with housing for students and food services but, instead of chapel, messages of worship will be sent out weekly via social media.
Benedictine University‘s campus in Mesa is on spring break from March 16-20. Classes will be conducted virtually starting March 23, with in-person classes expected to resume April 6. The university has instructed students who could leave campus to do so by March 22 and take any items essential to their classwork with them.
Embry-Riddle is extending its spring break until March 18, when classes will resume online until at least April 6. Students who live on campus can return and pick up items they left, then return home or stay on campus. For students who aren’t able to return to campus to pick up critical items, the school will provide shipping assistance.
Yavapai College is moving to online-only for rest of the spring semester. All college faculty and staff were also ordered to telecommute and were prohibited from entering the college’s facilities until, unless they have approval from their vice president.