LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The University of Kentucky announced it is moving to online classes for the remainder of the semester due to COVID-19.
Initially, the university was going to make the change for two weeks after spring break but announced Tuesday they have decided to make the change through the rest of the spring semester.
UK says students should make plans to move off-campus, unless they receive approval to remain on campus, and continue their studies remotely through the end of the semester.
"Shock, but then again, I was expecting it," said student Brionna Harrell, who lives on campus. "But it was just a lot of panic trying to figure out how I’m going to get home considering I live in New York."
The university says students will need to move out by March 27. UK says they are also developing a process for refunds for housing and dining.
"I live in Blazer Hall with many of the international students, so a lot of them are like panicking, not sure what to do, how they are going to get home because flights internationally are expensive, especially with everything going on," Harrell said.
UK officials say they have also postponed commencement for students graduating in the spring of 2020. We're told there will be a commencement to celebrate that graduating class but they will have to schedule it some time in the future when things are safer.
Some other Kentucky colleges and universities are making changes in response to the coronavirus.
Transylvania University moved all classes online for the Winter and May terms of 2020. Spring sports activities have also been suspended.
Transylvania officials said a credit for the unused portion of room and board fees will be issued to students now studying remotely. The account credit will be applied to the portion of the winter term during which students were asked to leave campus. Students will be issued a credit equal to 40% of the room and board fees assessed for the winter term based on the room and meal plan for which they were charged. As noted in the university catalog, there are no room and board fees associated with May term. We're told Transy has also postponed its May 23 commencement ceremony to minimize the potential for community spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Centre College announced they will continue a regular schedule of classes March 16 through March 20. From there, Centre College says they are having an extended spring break from March 23 through April 3. Students will begin online classes on April 6 that will continue until the end of the academic term.
Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) has also announced the college will continue online instruction through the end of the spring semester.
In addition to instruction, college services to students and the community will continue to be provided remotely.
BCTC is also postponing the May commencement ceremony. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.
In Louisville, the University of Louisville is extending spring break and moving classes online for the rest of the semester. Students are asked to leave campus. UofL said it will work with students who have nowhere else to go.
Bellarmine University is suspending all classes on campus beginning Friday and will go to all online classes until April 1.
Western Kentucky University is extending spring break through March 22 and will do online classes from March 23 through April 5.
Georgetown is extending its spring break until March 18. Then all classes will move online from March 19 through April 3. The college says Good Friday has also been rescheduled as a regular class and workday.
Beginning Monday, March 23, all courses at EKU will be delivered remotely, either online or through other established alternative learning options through the end of the semester. The residence halls will also close. Students should be moved out by April 1. Exceptions will be made for students without alternative housing options.
Asbury University continues to closely monitor the growing number of Coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution, Asbury is asking that extreme attention be taken when traveling over Spring Break. They are requesting students complete the Asbury University travel registry by Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m. Students should have received a link to that request on Tuesday, March 10.
Northern Kentucky University is extending its spring breakthrough Saturday, March 21 and will shift from face-to-face classes to having them all online starting March 23. The university also announced that at this time, there are still zero confirmed COVID-19 cases in the region and at NKU. The test results that came back from the relative of the students who attended a camp this past weekend were negative.
Morehead State University says the university will be closed to the public starting on March 18 through April 3. They will also be moving to online courses only for the remainder of the semester. Residence halls will close on March 27. Students can request an exception to remain on campus.
Kentucky State officials have suspended in-person classes until April 13. Classes are canceled from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22 so faculty and staff can prepare for remote delivery of course instruction. Classes will resume remotely Monday, March 23. Students will hear directly from their respective professors soon about how to prepare for class. Students should not return to campus if at all possible. Housing will be made available for students with appropriate circumstances. Non-essential employees are highly encouraged to telecommute until April 13. The campus will not host any formal on-campus assemblies and convocations prior to April 13, 2020. The campus will also suspend participation in spring intercollegiate and/or intramural athletic competitions prior to April 13, 2020.
Kentucky Community and Technical College System announced Thursday two of their colleges, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) and Gateway Community and Technical College (GCTC), will be moving to online classes for a short period. BCTC will move to online classes on March 22 through April 4. GCTC will move to online classes within a few days.
KCTCS has announced that all colleges within the system will move to online learning for the rest of the semester and will use online/remote assessment during the regular final exam week of May 4 – 10.
Campbellsville University has also joined colleges moving to online classes. Classes moved were originally moving online through March 27, but CU says the change will now run through the rest of the spring semester. Residence hall students have the option to remain in the residence halls or return home. For security reasons, residence hall students who choose to return home should remove their belongings. The university foodservice will continue for students and employees, only.
On Thursday, Kentucky Wesleyan College also announced a move to online class delivery. Beginning Wednesday, March 18 through the end of the spring 2020 semester, all classes will shift to online instruction. Classes have been canceled on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 to allow instructors time to prepare online course material.
Centre College says they will have an extended two-week spring break, starting on March 16. Then, on March 30, online remote learning will begin and run through the end of the semester on May 12.
Students should make plans to leave campus as soon as possible, taking their things with them if at all possible. Officials say they hope students are able to leave will be away no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17.