President Michael Driscoll announced in an email Tuesday that class will start online through the first three weeks of the spring semester. 

All information could be found in IUP news release from Jan. 5.

President Michael Driscoll informed students that classes will begin online for the spring semester. The email was sent Tuesday, and included information regarding residence halls, COVID-19 testing and the library.

“We are committed to helping you achieve your academic goals, but we are also concerned about your health and safety, and the health and safety of our communities,” Driscoll said. “Because of the information we have, and the predictions made by health experts, we will begin classes for the spring semester on Tuesday, Jan. 19, via remote instruction.

“In-person instruction for classes scheduled in that format will begin three weeks into the spring semester, which is Monday, Feb. 8. We strongly encourage students to begin their remote studies for the spring semester away from campus and the Indiana community.”

There will be some classes that will not be remote during this period because there needs to be in-person instruction, including the academy of culinary arts, the criminal justice training center and the institute for rural health and safety. The dean of the individual college will notify students if their class will be in person by Friday.

Students will still be able to move into their respective residence halls despite the new guidelines. Driscoll does “strongly encourage” students to stay home during these three weeks. Residence halls will be staffed during those weeks.

COVID-19 testing will continue on the IUP campus starting Jan. 11. This service will be free to students. As of now, it will run through mid-April.

Finally, the IUP libraries will be open through Feb. 8. Hours through Jan. 17 will be Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During the three weeks, they will be Monday to Friday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After Feb. 8, hours will extend Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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