PODCAST: President Richardson Talks About Closing Campus, Sending Employees Home and More

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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Westminster College has closed the campus following Governor Wolf's order for all non-essential businesses to shut down this week.  President Kathy Richardson talks with Titan Radio's Dr. David Barner about the latest actions taken to keep everyone safe in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, including the move to move all classes online for the rest of the semester.

"We're also moving to a two-week hiatus on campus," Richardson explained. "So that only those employees deemed essential to provide for the care of our students will be here, the few who will be left.  Everyone else we're asking to work from home for the next two weeks as a response to the Governor's mandate."

Those few students who remain on campus are allowed to stay because they would have difficulties traveling home.

President Kathy Richardson has a specific message to the seniors scheduled to complete their degree and graduate and the loss of the remainder of their final semester.  Westminster will not be able to hold commencement on May 9.  However, there is a plan.  But it will all be contingent on what government officials and the CDC call for in the coming weeks.

Other questions addressed in this podcast:

  • How many students will be allowed to remain on campus if they cannot go home?
  • What's the latest for clinical nursing classes?
  • Status of student teaching for education majors?
  • Plans for commencement?
  • What happens to Celebrity Series?
  • How will the College respond to prospective students who wanted to visit Westminster?

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