Concordia University giving pass/fail option for courses among COVID-19 measures

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Last week, York St John University announced that it will "remove academic conditions where possible" as a way to "reassure" students.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order this morning "requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide "COVID-19 Essential Services" to close their physical workplaces and facilities" from noon on March 24 through noon April 7, and encouraged them to continue operations remotely.

Many CCC students are from low-income homes and do not have access to technology to complete online courses, according to the college.

Many services offered by Durham College will still be offered online. There are now around 225 students approved to remain on campus, according to Annette Diorio, Vice President for Campus Life.

"Together we are facing many unknowns, disappointments and frustrations".

At the moment, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus. As of today, one student on campus has tested positively for COVID-19 and is now in isolation at the Thomas More Apartments, which also includes University Health Services; and 19 others, mainly those who were studying overseas this semester and then returned directly to their homes or to off-campus apartments, have also been diagnosed with the virus.

"We have several quarantine areas setup and a mechanism to drop off food and for the students to receive medical care, assuming their symptoms do not require hospitalization", Diorio wrote.

Douglas College says it can not release any other information to privacy reasons but says it has been in touch with the student, who is said to be doing well.

This is a scary time for everyone, and certainly we're in uncharted waters.

The deadline for undergraduate applicants has also been extended by two weeks.

For commencement and the days prior, Byerly added the college would expect to house seniors on campus.

Byerly said while the college can not know what the situation will be in August, they aimed to pick a "reasonable" date far enough in advance that holding an in-person commencement would be possible.

While campus is likely to remain relatively quiet until commencement, there are still basic services being provided for those students still living on College Hill.

The student was at the New Westminster campus library on March 13 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

"We work very closely with Northern Health and the relevant ministries to make sure we are following the direction that is being recommended by the public health officer and doing everything we can to keep staff, students and the entire community safe", said Thompson.

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