NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Westminster College suspended spring varsity sports on Friday following similar action from the Presidents' Athletic Conference and the NCAA because of the coronavirus pandemic. President Kathy Richardson made the announcement in an all-campus email.
Richardson and Dean of Students Gina Vance talk with Titan Radio's Dr. David Barner about the response the College is taking regarding the coronavirus.
"In response to the NCAA and the Presidents’ Athletic Conference decisions to indefinitely suspend spring sports, spring sport athletes should remain in their permanent residences through April 6," Richardson said.
Student athletes returning from spring break trips will have a chance to access their residence halls to get their books and other materials they will need to continue the semester via online instruction.
The College will announce its room and board reimbursement or credit policy by April 6 as we continue to monitor the virus and its impact on campus residency.
A number of students will continue living on campus as they have circumstances that prevent them from returning to their homes or they're enrolled in highly specialized, experiential programs.
"Right now we're at around the 80 students and so, and 45 of those are our nursing students and student teachers who won't be here over the lunch hour on most days," Student Affairs Dean Gina Vance said. "That's why we're trying to make some decisions to figure out who it is that we're serving and how we do that best."