After careful consideration of our risks and responsibilities and in consultation with the COVID-19 Action Committee of our Board of Trustees, Grove City College announced today that it will begin the process of moving classes to online delivery.
While there are no presumptive or confirmed cases of the disease at the College or in Mercer County, the administration is activating contingency plans to safeguard students, faculty and staff.
The College will transition to online delivery of coursework effective Monday, March 23. This will remain in effect until at least April 13.
In a letter to faculty, staff and students, President Paul J. McNulty ’80 said that the regular class schedule will remain in effect Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 18. Classes will be suspended Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 so that faculty and staff may prepare to move classes online. Online classes will be held on the same days and times as the Spring 2020 on-campus course schedule.
Students are provided the option to return home or stay on campus if they perceive a greater risk being in their home communities – a decision for students and families to make based on health and safety considerations. All students who desire to return home will be required to leave campus no later than Friday, March 20. The Office of Student Life & Learning will communicate directly with students about logistics.
If a student elects to leave campus, he or she may not return until at least April 13 or a later date, if one is announced. Students who remain on campus will only be able to take classes online. Dining services will be available.
“This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and overriding concern for the well-being of our college community,” McNulty said. “We have a clear obligation to reduce significantly the risks presented by this disease while continuing to educate our students.”
The College also announced that it has immediately suspended all public events involving more than 100 people and domestic and international travel.
The College will continue to respond as necessary during this crisis. For more information on Grove City College updates, or to read President McNulty’s ongoing communications to the campus community visit gcc.edu/covid19.