NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Westminster College will now continue all coursework online through the end of the semester. President Kathy Richardson made the announcement late Monday afternoon.
The decision comes in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s order for all nonessential businesses to close for the next two weeks and the recently announced CDC guidelines.
All classes will move to online delivery beginning Thursday, March 19. Online registration for summer and fall terms and room reservations, which will move online, will continue as originally scheduled.
Westminster College will ask all remaining residential students to move to their permanent residences as soon as possible. The students for whom this will cause extreme hardships have been advised to contact Student Affairs.
"Most College employees will be asked to work from home for at least the next two weeks starting Wednesday," Richardson wrote in a campus-wide email. "Only those whose work is deemed essential for maintaining services for the few remaining residential students will be asked to work on campus during this period."
The College will set up a schedule for students to move out their belongings from residence halls after state officials make a declaration of when non-essential businesses can resume normal activity.
"Graduating seniors who are residential students will receive a pro rata refund of room and board charges at the end of the term, and all other residential students will be granted a pro rata refund as a credit toward the 2020-2021 academic year," Richardson disclosed. "
All public events scheduled on campus through April 30 are being cancelled or postponed. We will notify the campus about plans for formal Commencement ceremonies at a later time.