Le prĂ©sident de l’UniversitĂ© catholique obtient des rĂ©sultats positifs pour COVID-19

19 mars, 12 h 10 John Garvey, prĂ©sident de l’UniversitĂ© catholique, a publiĂ© jeudi un communiquĂ© affirmant qu’il avait Ă©tĂ© testĂ© positif au COVID-19. Garvey, mis en quarantaine depuis le 13 mars, a dĂ©clarĂ© qu’il ne prĂ©sentait plus de symptĂŽmes. Il continuera son auto-isolement, selon les directives du CDC.

DerniÚres nouvelles sur le coronavirus et l'enseignement supérieur

« Ces nouvelles peuvent concerner beaucoup de personnes sur le campus », a dĂ©clarĂ© Garvey Ă  propos de Catholic, qui est situĂ© Ă  Washington, DC. « Nous avons pris toutes les prĂ©cautions nĂ©cessaires pour arrĂȘter la propagation de COVID-19 sur ses traces, notamment en dĂ©plaçant toutes les>

– Paul Fain

SĂ©nat Dems: 10 000 $ en allĂšgement de prĂȘt Ă©tudiant pour tous les emprunteurs

19 mars, 11 h 30 Les dĂ©mocrates du SĂ©nat ont publiĂ© leur plan visant Ă  offrir un allĂ©gement de prĂȘt Ă©tudiant aux emprunteurs en raison des perturbations causĂ©es par la pandĂ©mie. La proposition autoriserait le ministĂšre amĂ©ricain de l’Éducation Ă  effectuer des paiements Ă©quivalents au montant dĂ» pour tous les emprunteurs fĂ©dĂ©raux de prĂȘts aux Ă©tudiants pendant toute la durĂ©e des pĂ©riodes d’urgence nationale et d’urgence de santĂ© publique. La saisie-arrĂȘt des salaires, des remboursements d’impĂŽts et des prestations de sĂ©curitĂ© sociale s’arrĂȘterait Ă©galement dans le cadre du plan, qui codifierait le plan du prĂ©sident Trump de renoncer aux intĂ©rĂȘts sur tous les prĂȘts Ă©tudiants fĂ©dĂ©raux.

« Cette suspension des paiements sera une nouvelle politique distincte de » l’ajournement « et de » l’abstention « , qui sont des procĂ©dures opt-in qui ne comptent pas pour la remise de prĂȘt Ă©tudiant dans le cadre du remboursement motivĂ© par le revenu (IDR) ou du pardon des prĂȘts de la fonction publique (PSLF) « , a dĂ©clarĂ© la proposition. « Pendant la pĂ©riode de suspension des paiements, les emprunteurs recevront un crĂ©dit pour remise et remise en Ă©tat des prĂȘts effectuĂ©s par le ministĂšre en leur nom. Tous les paiements effectuĂ©s par le ministĂšre seront exonĂ©rĂ©s d’impĂŽt pour les emprunteurs. »

Le ministĂšre serait Ă©galement tenu de veiller Ă  ce que chaque emprunteur fĂ©dĂ©ral d’un prĂȘt Ă©tudiant reçoive au moins 10 000 $ en allĂ©gement de prĂȘt Ă©tudiant au plus tard 90 jours aprĂšs la fin de l’urgence nationale.

Dans le cadre de ce plan, le SecrĂ©taire Ă  l’Ă©ducation enverrait des avis mensuels Ă  tous les emprunteurs pour leur permettre de se retirer de la suspension et de la contribution au paiement et pour les informer que le programme est temporaire et prendra fin Ă  un moment donnĂ© lorsque l’urgence nationale aura cessĂ©.

– Paul Fain

Le sĂ©nateur Alexander: Permettre aux Ă©tudiants de diffĂ©rer les paiements de prĂȘt

19 mars, 10 h 35 Le sĂ©nateur Lamar Alexander a appelĂ© mercredi le CongrĂšs amĂ©ricain Ă  adopter des mesures supplĂ©mentaires pour aider les Ă©tudiants et les emprunteurs avec une dette de prĂȘt Ă©tudiant, y compris un appel pour permettre aux emprunteurs de diffĂ©rer les paiements de prĂȘt. « Nous allons devoir payer ce qu’il en coĂ»te pour contenir cette maladie », a dĂ©clarĂ© Alexander dans le communiquĂ©, qui faisait rĂ©fĂ©rence Ă  un troisiĂšme projet de loi de secours COVID-19 que le CongrĂšs envisage.

« Cette lĂ©gislation devra rĂ©soudre les problĂšmes pour que le mandat de congĂ© payĂ© fonctionne, amĂ©liorer et Ă©tendre davantage les tests COVID-19, augmenter la disponibilitĂ© des masques mĂ©dicaux et d’autres Ă©quipements de protection, et augmenter le nombre de travailleurs de la santé », a dĂ©clarĂ© Alexander, un RĂ©publicain du Tennessee qui prĂ©side le comitĂ© sĂ©natorial de la santĂ© et de l’Ă©ducation. « Nous devons Ă©galement autoriser les Ă©tudiants Ă  diffĂ©rer le paiement de leurs prĂȘts Ă©tudiants et Ă  conserver leurs bourses Pell et Ă  donner au secrĂ©taire Ă  l’Éducation la possibilitĂ© de renoncer aux tests fĂ©dĂ©raux de scolaritĂ© et aux rĂšgles de responsabilitĂ©. Le CongrĂšs devrait adopter cette loi immĂ©diatement. »

– Paul Fain

Case Western, Mansfield Drop SAT

18 mars, 17 h 08 Case Western Reserve University et Mansfield University of Pennsylvania ont toutes deux supprimé les exigences pour que les candidats soumettent des scores SAT ou ACT, citant la pandémie COVID-19.

Case Western a annoncĂ© que sa politique toucherait ceux qui souhaitent prĂ©senter une demande Ă  l’automne 2021 ou aprĂšs. L’universitĂ© a dĂ©clarĂ© que l’annulation des dates SAT et ACT a accĂ©lĂ©rĂ© le changement.

Richard Bischoff, vice-prĂ©sident de l’universitĂ© pour la gestion des inscriptions, a dĂ©clarĂ©: « Nous prĂ©fĂ©rons que les Ă©tudiants se concentrent du mieux qu’ils peuvent sur leurs matiĂšres acadĂ©miques plutĂŽt que de se soucier de la SAT ou de l’ACT. Les tests n’ont toujours Ă©tĂ© qu’un facteur dans notre Ă©valuation des candidatures, et nous sommes convaincus que nous continuerons Ă  prendre des dĂ©cisions d’admission de qualitĂ© pour les Ă©tudiants qui ne sont pas en mesure de passer le test ou qui choisissent de ne pas soumettre leurs rĂ©sultats. »

Mansfield a dĂ©clarĂ© que sa politique entrerait en vigueur immĂ©diatement, pour les candidats de l’automne 2020.

– Scott Jaschik

Un professeur de l’UniversitĂ© de Washington dĂ©cĂšde de COVID-19

18 mars, 16 h 30 Un professeur de l’UniversitĂ© de Washington est dĂ©cĂ©dĂ© des suites d’une infection Ă  COVID-19, causĂ©e par le nouveau coronavirus.

Stephen Schwartz Ă©tait professeur de pathologie. L’universitĂ© a confirmĂ© la nouvelle dans un tweet. (Remarque: cet Ă©lĂ©ment a Ă©tĂ© mis Ă  jour pour corriger l’identitĂ© du Dr Schwartz.)

« Il a laissé une empreinte durable sur notre département, notre université et la communauté scientifique au sens large et nous manquera beaucoup », a déclaré le tweet.

Schwartz a fait sa rĂ©sidence au dĂ©partement de pathologie de l’universitĂ© de 1967 Ă  1972, selon un rapport du Seattle Times. Il a commencĂ© comme professeur adjoint en 1973.

Il était également professeur auxiliaire dans les départements de bio-ingénierie et de médecine.

Le prĂ©sident par intĂ©rim du dĂ©partement, Charles Alpers, a dĂ©clarĂ© dans un courriel obtenu par le Times que Schwartz est « à juste titre considĂ©rĂ© comme un gĂ©ant parmi les enquĂȘteurs de la biologie des cellules musculaires lisses et de la structure des vaisseaux sanguins »,

Schwartz a Ă©galement Ă©tĂ© enquĂȘteur de l’American Heart Association, prĂ©sident fondateur de la Gordon Research Conference et co-fondateur de la North American Vascular Biology Organization.

– Madeline St. Amour

Une perspective Ed plus élevée désormais négative

18 mars, 14 h Les perspectives financiĂšres pour l’enseignement supĂ©rieur sont dĂ©sormais nĂ©gatives, selon Moody’s Investors Service.

L’industrie Ă©tait auparavant considĂ©rĂ©e comme stable.

« Pour l’exercice 2021, les universitĂ©s sont confrontĂ©es Ă  une incertitude sans prĂ©cĂ©dent en matiĂšre d’inscription, Ă  des risques pour de multiples sources de revenus et Ă  une Ă©rosion matĂ©rielle potentielle de leurs bilans », selon le rapport de Moody’s.

Environ 30% des collĂšges ont dĂ©jĂ  de faibles performances opĂ©rationnelles, ils auront donc encore plus de mal Ă  s’adapter aux perturbations causĂ©es par le coronavirus et la nouvelle rĂ©cession.

De nombreux collĂšges ont rĂ©agi au coronavirus en se dĂ©plaçant en ligne et en renvoyant les Ă©tudiants chez eux, ce qui aura un impact immĂ©diat sur les sources de revenus, selon Moody’s.

Il existe une grande variĂ©tĂ© parmi les institutions dans la façon dont elles seront capables de traverser cette tempĂȘte. Cependant, plus de 30% des universitĂ©s publiques connaissent des dĂ©ficits de fonctionnement et plus de 15% disposent de moins de 90 jours de liquiditĂ©s, ce qui les met particuliĂšrement en danger.

Il est tout Ă  fait possible que l’enseignement supĂ©rieur soit confrontĂ© Ă  des perturbations dans les inscriptions, le financement public, les revenus de dotation et les subventions de recherche. Cependant, si l’Ă©conomie revient Ă  la normale une fois l’Ă©pidĂ©mie contenue et que les inscriptions restent stables Ă  l’automne, ces prĂ©visions pourraient ĂȘtre inversĂ©es.

Si la perturbation causĂ©e par le coronavirus se poursuit Ă  l’automne, il est possible que certains collĂšges dĂ©clarent une exigence fiscale, selon Moody’s. Ce mĂ©canisme rarement utilisĂ© permet aux collĂšges confrontĂ©s Ă  de graves difficultĂ©s financiĂšres de s’attaquer rapidement aux coĂ»ts fixes, comme la permanence.

– Madeline St. Amour

Le SĂ©nat veut racheter les soldes des prĂȘts Ă©tudiants

18 mars, 13 h 40 Les dĂ©mocrates du SĂ©nat proposent que le prochain plan de relance contre les coronavirus non seulement reporte le remboursement des prĂȘts Ă©tudiants fĂ©dĂ©raux, mais rembourse les sommes dues, ont confirmĂ© aujourd’hui des responsables.

Le chef de la minoritĂ© dĂ©mocrate au SĂ©nat, Chuck Schumer, a dĂ©clarĂ© lundi au SĂ©nat: «Notre proposition vous permettra de reporter vos prĂȘts hypothĂ©caires de six mois. Aucune pĂ©nalitĂ©, frais ou impact sur votre crĂ©dit. Nous ferons de mĂȘme pour les prĂȘts Ă©tudiants. »

Mais selon une présentation PowerPoint sur la proposition faite aux sénateurs démocrates, le plan «annulerait les paiements mensuels aux étudiants et ferait payer le gouvernement fédéral».

Le bureau de Schumer a dĂ©clarĂ© mardi: «Notre proposition fonctionnerait de concert avec la directive du prĂ©sident de supprimer les intĂ©rĂȘts sur les prĂȘts Ă©tudiants. Nos paiements seraient donc en fait directement vers le solde du principal. »

On ne sait pas s’il sera inclus dans le cadre d’un passage final. Les rĂ©publicains du SĂ©nat travaillent avec le prĂ©sident Trump sur une proposition que le chef de la majoritĂ© au SĂ©nat, Mitch McConnell, a dĂ©crite lundi comme un rĂ©publicain serait en mesure de s’entendre. Il s’engagerait ensuite auprĂšs des dĂ©mocrates pour obtenir un accord susceptible d’ĂȘtre adoptĂ© par le SĂ©nat.

La proposition intervient alors que les lĂ©gislateurs travaillent sur un ensemble de coronavirus encore plus important que celui de 100 milliards de dollars adoptĂ© par la Chambre et qui devrait ĂȘtre approuvĂ© par le SĂ©nat. Jusqu’Ă  prĂ©sent, les rĂ©publicains n’ont pas parlĂ© d’en faire plus pour les emprunteurs que l’annonce faite par Trump vendredi qu’il renoncerait temporairement aux intĂ©rĂȘts sur les prĂȘts Ă©tudiants fĂ©dĂ©raux.

Michael Stratford, du Politico, a tweetĂ© mardi matin que Trump proposait que la prochaine sĂ©rie d’aides inclue 40 millions de dollars pour payer la renonciation aux intĂ©rĂȘts. Trump demande Ă©galement 100 millions de dollars de subventions aux Ă©coles et aux collĂšges pour la rĂ©ponse aux coronavirus, y compris la dĂ©sinfection des bĂątiments et la fourniture de conseils et d’enseignement Ă  distance.

– Kery Murakami

Nouveau guide pour les accréditeurs

18 mars, 11 h 30 Les agences d’accrĂ©ditation peuvent dĂ©sormais effectuer des visites de sites virtuels et prolonger la durĂ©e de l’accrĂ©ditation Ă  la lumiĂšre du nouveau coronavirus, selon de nouvelles directives du dĂ©partement amĂ©ricain de l’Éducation.

Les agences ne sont pas tenues de mettre en Ɠuvre des visites virtuelles, mais elles ont le pouvoir temporaire de le faire. Ils devraient assurer le suivi des visites sur place en personne, qui ne doivent pas nĂ©cessairement ĂȘtre des visites complĂštes sur site par des pairs, dans un dĂ©lai raisonnable pour rĂ©pondre aux exigences lĂ©gales et rĂ©glementaires.

Les visites de sites virtuels devraient utiliser des formats interactifs tels que des réunions téléphoniques et de vidéoconférence, plutÎt que des e-mails, indique le guide.

Les agences d’accrĂ©ditation peuvent adopter ou modifier les politiques de visite de sites virtuels sans pĂ©riode de commentaires du public si elles souhaitent emprunter cette voie.

Pour les Ă©tablissements qui Ă©taient sur le point de renouveler leur accrĂ©ditation et qui avaient prĂ©vu une visite sur place pendant cette pĂ©riode, les agences peuvent prolonger la durĂ©e de l’accrĂ©ditation pour une pĂ©riode raisonnable. Les accrĂ©diteurs peuvent Ă©galement fournir une prolongation de la bonne cause aux institutions en probation mais qui ne peuvent pas organiser de visite sur place en raison d’interruptions causĂ©es par le coronavirus.

Les directives du ministĂšre rappellent Ă©galement aux organismes qu’ils peuvent accrĂ©diter rĂ©troactivement les Ă©tablissements en cas d’annulation d’un site pour approbation finale, afin que les Ă©tudiants puissent obtenir leur diplĂŽme d’un Ă©tablissement accrĂ©ditĂ©.

Les agences devraient enregistrer et publier leurs dĂ©cisions d’utiliser ces flexibilitĂ©s temporaires, ainsi que conserver des enregistrements de ce que les collĂšges ont utilisĂ© ces extensions et dĂ©rogations.

– Madeline St. Amour

Formation pour les visites de sites d’accrĂ©ditation virtuelle

18 mars, 10 h L’UniversitĂ© Western Governors propose des webinaires de formation sur la façon d’hĂ©berger et de gĂ©rer les visites de sites d’Ă©valuation de l’accrĂ©ditation virtuelle Ă  la lumiĂšre des orientations pour le nouveau coronavirus.

Le collĂšge en ligne Ă  but non lucratif organise les webinaires avec la Commission du Nord-Ouest sur les collĂšges et universitĂ©s, une organisation rĂ©gionale d’accrĂ©ditation, Ă  partir de cette semaine, selon un communiquĂ© de presse.

La commission prévoit de faire des visites virtuelles du site pour suivre les recommandations de distanciation sociale des gouvernements locaux, étatiques et fédéraux.

Les visites d’Ă©valuation sur site permettent d’Ă©valuer si les Ă©tablissements accrĂ©ditĂ©s continuent de rĂ©pondre aux normes d’accrĂ©ditation requises. Les visites de sites d’évaluation virtuelle sont rares.

Les webinaires de formation se concentreront sur les bases des réunions Internet, les considérations relatives aux réunions Internet, les considérations relatives aux visites sur site et le dépannage des réunions Internet.

– Madeline St. Amour

Les universités augmentent leur capacité de test COVID-19

18 mars, 9 h 37 Selon un tracker crĂ©Ă© par l’American Enterprise Institute, l’UniversitĂ© de Washington Virology Lab et l’UniversitĂ© de Stanford figurent parmi les principales organisations du pays en matiĂšre de capacitĂ© de test COVID-19. Le laboratoire UW est en mesure de tester 2000 patients par jour, a dĂ©clarĂ© AEI, tandis que Stanford peut en traiter 1000. Parmi les leaders amĂ©ricains dans le dĂ©veloppement et le traitement des tests, on trouve l’UniversitĂ© de Yale, les centres mĂ©dicaux de l’UniversitĂ© de Californie, l’UniversitĂ© de Washington Ă  St. Louis, l’UniversitĂ© Johns Hopkins, l’UniversitĂ© de Pittsburgh Medical Center et le NorthShore University HealthSystem dans l’Illinois, qui a une affiliation d’enseignement avec l’UniversitĂ© de Chicago.

Les scientifiques de l’UW, par exemple, ont commencĂ© Ă  dĂ©velopper leur test peu de temps aprĂšs avoir lu en dĂ©cembre sur la propagation du coronavirus en Chine, a rapportĂ© le Seattle Times.

AprĂšs l’Ă©chec d’un test COVID-19 des Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dans la rĂ©ponse initiale du pays Ă  l’Ă©pidĂ©mie, l’Association of American Medical Colleges a signalĂ© que les centres mĂ©dicaux universitaires ont rapidement cherchĂ© Ă  combler le vide. L’association a dĂ©clarĂ© que les laboratoires universitaires au cours des deux premiĂšres semaines Ă©taient frustrĂ©s par un processus d’approbation fĂ©dĂ©ral qui avait bloquĂ© le dĂ©ploiement des tests. Mais le dĂ©veloppement et l’utilisation de tests semblent dĂ©sormais s’intensifier.

Le Stanford Clinical Virology Laboratory a dĂ©clarĂ© plus tĂŽt cette semaine qu’il utilisait des tests de diagnostic internes sur des centaines d’Ă©chantillons de patients chaque jour de la rĂ©gion de la baie et au-delĂ , et prĂ©voyait de traiter plus de 1000 tests par jour. L’universitĂ© est en mesure de renvoyer les rĂ©sultats des tests dans les 24 heures. Et il a crĂ©Ă© une installation de test au volant Ă  Palo Alto.

Les laboratoires de Stanford ont fait don d’Ă©quipement et rĂ©affectĂ© du personnel pour aider Ă  effectuer les tests. Et l’universitĂ© produit des composants de test qui sont rares, y compris les amorces et les sondes utilisĂ©es pour amplifier le matĂ©riel gĂ©nĂ©tique viral dans les Ă©chantillons de patients. Le laboratoire de virologie fournira Ă©galement un soutien pour un nouvel essai clinique visant Ă  tester l’efficacitĂ© du mĂ©dicament antiviral remdesivir dans le traitement des personnes atteintes du virus.

« TrĂšs peu d’autres endroits du pays sont capables de fournir cette Ă©chelle de tests COVID-19 Ă  ce stade », a dĂ©clarĂ© le Dr Benjamin Pinsky, directeur mĂ©dical du laboratoire et professeur agrĂ©gĂ© de pathologie et de maladies infectieuses Ă  la Stanford’s School of Medicine. une dĂ©claration. «Heureusement, nous avons eu la prĂ©voyance en janvier d’imaginer que la capacitĂ© de fournir des tests pour COVID-19 serait importante, et nous avons travaillĂ© dur pour y arriver.»

– Paul Fain

Le conseil d’administration de l’ALA soutient la fermeture des bibliothĂšques

17 mars, 16 h 23 Le conseil d’administration de l’American Library Association recommande aux bibliothĂšques universitaires, publiques et scolaires d’envisager de fermer au public Ă  la lumiĂšre de la nouvelle Ă©pidĂ©mie de coronavirus.

«Pour protĂ©ger les travailleurs des bibliothĂšques et leurs communautĂ©s contre l’exposition au COVID-19 en ces temps sans prĂ©cĂ©dent, nous recommandons fortement que les responsables des bibliothĂšques universitaires, publiques et scolaires et leurs administrateurs et organes directeurs Ă©valuent la fermeture des bibliothĂšques au public et ne rouvrent que lorsque les conseils du public Les responsables de la santĂ© indiquent que le risque de COVID-19 s’est considĂ©rablement attĂ©nuĂ© », a-t-il dĂ©clarĂ© dans un communiquĂ©.

La fermeture des bibliothÚques est généralement une décision locale. Mais le conseil a exhorté les administrateurs, les conseils locaux et les gouvernements à fermer les bibliothÚques. Il a également apporté son soutien aux congés payés et à la couverture des soins de santé du personnel pendant la fermeture des bibliothÚques.

La question de savoir s’il faut fermer les bibliothĂšques est difficile pour beaucoup, car les bibliothĂ©caires « sont fiers d’ĂȘtre lĂ  pendant les pĂ©riodes critiques pour nos communautĂ©s », indique le communiquĂ©. Mais il a Ă©galement notĂ© que les bibliothĂšques «sont par conception incapables de pratiquer la distanciation sociale au degrĂ© recommandĂ© par les Centers for Disease Control and Prevention et d’autres autoritĂ©s sanitaires».

Le maintien des bibliothĂšques ouvertes pourrait faire plus de mal que de bien, selon le Conseil exĂ©cutif de l’ALA. Mais le conseil a Ă©galement notĂ© les façons dont diffĂ©rentes bibliothĂšques fournissent des services mĂȘme aprĂšs la fermeture, par exemple en offrant des cours en ligne aux Ă©tudiants, en offrant un accĂšs en ligne aux ressources et en travaillant avec divers fonctionnaires pour dĂ©terminer quels services sont nĂ©cessaires.

– Rick Seltzer

La Coalition appelle la FCC Ă  agir

17 mars, 16 h 15 La Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition demande Ă  la Federal Communications Commission d’accĂ©lĂ©rer les services Ă  large bande abordables pour les AmĂ©ricains non connectĂ©s Ă  la lumiĂšre du nouveau coronavirus.

En rĂ©ponse Ă  la crise de santĂ© publique, les collĂšges et les Ă©coles clĂŽturent et dĂ©placent les cours en ligne, ce qui peut poser un problĂšme aux quelque sept millions d’Ă©tudiants qui n’ont pas accĂšs Ă  Internet haut dĂ©bit Ă  la maison, selon la lettre de la coalition.

La coalition recommande que la FCC prenne plusieurs mesures, notamment:

  • autoriser le financement d’urgence du Fonds pour le service universel pour les programmes de prĂȘts sur place
  • encourager les fournisseurs de services Internet Ă  Ă©tendre les offres de services Ă  large bande Ă  bas prix
  • accorder une subvention aux fournisseurs pour offrir une connexion haut dĂ©bit gratuite ou Ă  bas prix aux Ă©tudiants qui doivent rester Ă  la maison
  • permettre aux Ă©coles et aux bibliothĂšques d’Ă©tendre leurs rĂ©seaux aux foyers
  • permettre aux Ă©coles rurales et aux organismes sans but lucratif d’Ă©ducation de rĂ©clamer des licences de services Ă©ducatifs Ă  large bande
  • autoriser le financement des fournisseurs de services Internet sans fil pour dĂ©ployer le haut dĂ©bit dans les zones non desservies oĂč les Ă©coles sont fermĂ©es

« La FCC peut prendre plusieurs mesures dĂšs maintenant pour promouvoir les programmes de prĂȘt de points d’accĂšs et permettre aux Ă©coles, aux bibliothĂšques et aux fournisseurs de tĂ©lĂ©santĂ© d’augmenter leur capacitĂ© Ă  large bande et de partager cette capacitĂ© avec la communautĂ© environnante », a dĂ©clarĂ© John Windhausen Jr., directeur exĂ©cutif de la coalition, dans un rapport. «Nous ne pouvons pas laisser les gens du mauvais cĂŽtĂ© d’un Ă©cart en matiĂšre d’Ă©ducation et de soins de santĂ©, en particulier avec les Centers for Disease Control recommandant la fermeture des Ă©coles pendant au moins 8 semaines. La SHLB Coalition exhorte la FCC Ă  exploiter le pouvoir des institutions d’ancrage communautaires pour protĂ©ger l’accĂšs de notre pays aux soins de santĂ© et Ă  l’éducation en ces temps difficiles. »

– Madeline St. Amour

New York bloque le recouvrement des créances des étudiants

17 mars, 14 h 10 New York suspend le remboursement de sa dette de prĂȘt Ă©tudiant en raison du coronavirus.

Le gouverneur dĂ©mocrate de l’État, Andrew Cuomo, et le procureur gĂ©nĂ©ral, Letitia James, ont annoncĂ© dans un communiquĂ© de presse que les paiements de dette renvoyĂ©s par l’État aux New Yorkais seront gelĂ©s pour les 30 prochains jours.

L’État ne recouvrira pas de dette mĂ©dicale ou de prĂȘt Ă©tudiant, ainsi que d’autres formes de dette, pendant cette pĂ©riode. Environ 165000 cas rĂ©pondent aux critĂšres du gel, y compris les patients qui ont une dette mĂ©dicale envers les hĂŽpitaux publics, ceux qui doivent une dette Ă©tudiante aux campus de l’UniversitĂ© d’État de New York et des particuliers ou des propriĂ©taires d’entreprise qui ont une dette liĂ©e Ă  des choses comme des dommages matĂ©riels.

La politique suspend Ă©galement l’accumulation des intĂ©rĂȘts et des frais sur la dette mĂ©dicale et Ă©tudiante de l’État en souffrance.

AprÚs la fin de la période de 30 jours, le bureau du procureur général réévaluera la situation, selon le communiqué.

« Alors que l’impact financier de cette crise Ă©mergente augmente, nous faisons tout notre possible pour soutenir les milliers de New-Yorkais qui souffrent des perturbations causĂ©es par la pandĂ©mie de COVID-19 », a dĂ©clarĂ© Cuomo dans un communiquĂ©. «Cette nouvelle action visant Ă  suspendre temporairement le recouvrement de la dette due Ă  l’État contribuera Ă  attĂ©nuer l’impact financier de l’Ă©pidĂ©mie sur les individus, les familles, les communautĂ©s et les entreprises de New York alors que nous continuons Ă  faire tout notre possible pour ralentir la propagation du virus . « 

– Madeline St. Amour

Virginia annule le début des collÚges de deux ans

17 mars, 14 h Les cérémonies de lancement des collÚges communautaires de Virginie sont annulées.

Glenn DuBois, chancelier du systĂšme des 23 collĂšges communautaires, qui inscrit prĂšs de 230 000 Ă©tudiants, a annoncĂ© la dĂ©cision mardi, citant les rĂ©centes orientations des Centers for Disease Control and Prevention qui demandent aux gens d’Ă©viter les rassemblements publics de 50 personnes ou plus pour la prochaine huit semaines.

Les collÚges honoreront les réalisations des étudiants à une date ultérieure de maniÚre sûre, a déclaré DuBois dans une lettre à la communauté du systÚme.

– Madeline St. Amour

Cours de l’UniversitĂ© du peuple ouvert Ă  tous

17 mars, 14 h University of the People, un organisme Ă  but non lucratif en ligne, propose ses cours accrĂ©ditĂ©s Ă  n’importe quelle universitĂ© Ă  utiliser lorsque les Ă©tudiants passent Ă  l’enseignement en ligne uniquement Ă  mesure que le nouveau coronavirus se propage.

Les 115 cours de l’universitĂ© seront ouverts Ă  tous les collĂšges, selon un communiquĂ©. Les membres du corps professoral de l’UniversitĂ© du Peuple enseigneront les cours, que les Ă©tudiants peuvent prendre pour crĂ©dit dans leurs propres universitĂ©s. Les cours porteront sur des sujets tels que l’enseignement gĂ©nĂ©ral, l’administration des affaires, l’informatique, les sciences de la santĂ© et l’Ă©ducation.

«Les universitĂ©s sont confrontĂ©es Ă  un Ă©norme dĂ©fi de devoir fermer des campus et dĂ©marrer en ligne, sans sacrifier la qualitĂ© de l’enseignement. Cependant, l’Ă©ducation en ligne n’improvise pas simplement avec Internet; c’est une pratique rĂ©elle qui nĂ©cessite de la technologie et de l’expertise », a dĂ©clarĂ© Shai Reshef, prĂ©sident de l’universitĂ©, dans le communiquĂ©. « Parce que nous sommes en ligne depuis plus de 10 ans, nous sommes dans une position unique pour offrir nos cours Ă  toutes les institutions intĂ©ressĂ©es. »

– Madeline St. Amour

Les dĂ©mocrates du SĂ©nat proposeront Ă  nouveau un report de six mois sur le remboursement des prĂȘts Ă©tudiants

17 mars, 12 h 33 Alors que le Sénat considÚre le plan de relance de 104 milliards de dollars pour les coronavirus approuvé par la Chambre, les législateurs travaillent sur un autre plan de relance. Et le chef de la minorité du Sénat, Chuck Schumer, a déclaré que les démocrates du Sénat proposeront de laisser les emprunteurs étudiants différer les paiements pendant six mois.

S’exprimant au SĂ©nat mardi matin, Schumer a dĂ©clarĂ© que la proposition globale s’Ă©lĂšverait Ă  au moins 750 milliards de dollars.

« Notre proposition vous permettra de reporter vos prĂȘts hypothĂ©caires de six mois », a-t-il dĂ©clarĂ©. « Aucune pĂ©nalitĂ©, frais ou impact sur votre crĂ©dit. Nous ferons de mĂȘme pour les prĂȘts Ă©tudiants. »

Kyle Southern, directeur de la politique de l’enseignement supĂ©rieur et du plaidoyer pour le groupe de plaidoyer centrĂ© sur le millĂ©naire Young Invincibles, a Ă©galement appelĂ© Ă  un report de six mois. Dans un communiquĂ©, il a dĂ©clarĂ©: « Les jeunes d’aujourd’hui sont les plus endettĂ©s de l’histoire, sont plus susceptibles de vivre de chĂšque de paie de chĂšque de paie et sont plus susceptibles d’occuper des emplois horaires ou Ă  bas salaire qui sont touchĂ©s par des fermetures gĂ©nĂ©ralisĂ©es. Chaque le dollar compte pour les jeunes qui luttent pour rester en bonne santĂ©, en sĂ©curitĂ© et financiĂšrement
 En suspendant les paiements requis, le prĂ©sident peut mettre des centaines de dollars par mois dans les poches des jeunes, contribuant ainsi Ă  allĂ©ger un immense fardeau financier alors qu’ils traversent cette crise. « 

Le chef de la majorité au Sénat, Mitch McConnell, a également déclaré dans un discours au sol que les républicains travailleraient avec le secrétaire au Trésor Steven Mnuchin sur une aide supplémentaire. «Nous devons fournir une assistance plus directe aux travailleurs et aux familles américains», a déclaré McConnell.

CNN a rapporté que Mnuchin présentera mardi aux sénateurs républicains plus de détails sur un paquet de 850 milliards de dollars proposé par le président Trump.

Le 11 mars, Schumer avait dĂ©jĂ  demandĂ© six mois d’abstention de paiement sur les hypothĂšques et les prĂȘts Ă©tudiants fĂ©dĂ©raux ou garantis par le gouvernement fĂ©dĂ©ral.

– Kery Murakami

Falwell et Liberty Bow interdisent l’Ă©tat d’urgence

17 mars, 11 h 10 La Liberty University transfĂšre la plupart des>

Le renversement intervient aprĂšs que des responsables en Virginie, oĂč se trouve Liberty, ont mis en Ɠuvre une interdiction d’urgence des rassemblements publics de 100 personnes ou plus, selon un communiquĂ© de presse.

« Nous pensions Ă  l’origine qu’il Ă©tait plus sĂ»r de renvoyer nos Ă©tudiants aprĂšs leurs vacances de printemps au lieu de les faire revenir aprĂšs de plus grandes opportunitĂ©s d’exposition de les laisser dans diffĂ©rentes parties du pays pour de plus longues pĂ©riodes », a dĂ©clarĂ© Falwell dans le communiquĂ©. « Mais, la rĂ©cente dĂ©cision du gouverneur de limiter certains rassemblements ne nous a laissĂ© aucun choix pratique car nous avons tellement de>

Le changement prendra effet Ă  la fin des vacances de printemps, le 23 mars.

Les étudiants peuvent toujours retourner sur le campus aprÚs les vacances de printemps et suivre des cours en ligne dans leur résidence universitaire. Certaines>

– Madeline St. Amour

Le Sénat adopte un projet de loi pour protéger les avantages du projet de loi GI

17 mars, 9 h 40 Lundi, le SĂ©nat amĂ©ricain a adoptĂ© un projet de loi qui donnerait au ministĂšre des Anciens Combattants le pouvoir discrĂ©tionnaire de ne pas rĂ©duire les avantages du GI Bill pour les anciens combattants Ă©tudiants qui frĂ©quentent des collĂšges ou des universitĂ©s qui ferment ou se connectent uniquement pendant la pandĂ©mie de coronavirus. Le SĂ©nat a prĂ©cipitĂ© la lĂ©gislation d’urgence tard hier soir, a rapportĂ© le Military Times. Mais son sort Ă  la Chambre reste incertain.

La mesure vise Ă  maintenir les paiements d’allocations de logement en vertu de la loi sur les IG dans les cas oĂč les programmes collĂ©giaux passent de mi-session en personne Ă  en ligne. Il chercherait Ă©galement Ă  empĂȘcher la perturbation des frais de scolaritĂ© et de logement lorsqu’un programme universitaire a Ă©tĂ© prĂ©approuvĂ© comme Ă©ligible aux avantages de GI Bill en tant que programme en personne, mais pas en ligne.

– Paul Fain

Lignes directrices des autoritĂ©s fĂ©dĂ©rales sur les Ă©tudiants handicapĂ©s, l’accĂšs au Web et la prĂ©vention de la discrimination

17 mars, 9 h 15 Le ministĂšre amĂ©ricain de l’Éducation a publiĂ© des lignes directrices pour assurer l’accessibilitĂ© Ă  Internet aux Ă©lĂšves handicapĂ©s et pour prĂ©venir la discrimination alors que les collĂšges et les Ă©coles K-12 font face Ă  la pandĂ©mie de coronavirus.

Un webinaire du Bureau des droits civils du ministĂšre vise Ă  rappeler aux dĂ©cideurs leurs responsabilitĂ©s en matiĂšre d’accessibilitĂ© du Web pour l’enseignement Ă  distance.

« Les outils d’apprentissage en ligne doivent ĂȘtre accessibles aux Ă©tudiants handicapĂ©s, et ils doivent ĂȘtre compatibles avec les diffĂ©rentes formes de technologies d’assistance que les Ă©tudiants pourraient utiliser pour les aider Ă  apprendre », a indiquĂ© le dĂ©partement dans un communiquĂ©. « Le webinaire conseille aux chefs d’Ă©tablissement de tester rĂ©guliĂšrement leurs activitĂ©s en ligne pour garantir l’accessibilitĂ©. »

Dans une fiche d’information, l’OCR dĂ©crit les droits des Ă©tudiants handicapĂ©s pendant les fermetures d’Ă©coles et de collĂšges et comprend des conseils pour prĂ©venir les incidents de discrimination.

– Paul Fain

FĂ©dĂ©ration nationale des aveugles: ne pensez pas Ă  l’accessibilitĂ© en ligne aprĂšs coup

16 mars, 18 h 15 La FĂ©dĂ©ration nationale des aveugles exhorte les Ă©coles et les collĂšges Ă  ne pas oublier leur obligation lĂ©gale de rendre le contenu d’apprentissage accessible Ă  tous les Ă©tudiants alors qu’ils se prĂ©cipitent pour dĂ©placer les cours en ligne en rĂ©ponse Ă  la propagation de COVID-19.

Dans un article de blog publiĂ© aujourd’hui, Stephanie Flynt, spĂ©cialiste des affaires gouvernementales Ă  la FĂ©dĂ©ration nationale des aveugles, a Ă©crit que les Ă©tudiants aveugles «risquent de voir leurs besoins Ă©ducatifs continus balayĂ©s sous le tapis» alors que de nombreux Ă©tablissements se prĂ©parent Ă  cesser l’enseignement en personne.

«Au cours des deux derniÚres décennies, nous savons que la salle de>

La FĂ©dĂ©ration nationale des aveugles a compilĂ© une sĂ©rie de ressources sur l’accessibilitĂ© pour les Ă©ducateurs et surveille les obstacles Ă  l’accessibilitĂ© grĂące Ă  une enquĂȘte sur les technologies de l’Ă©ducation. Les lecteurs sont invitĂ©s Ă  participer Ă  un chat Twitter #AccessibleNOW le vendredi 20 mars Ă  12 h. EST.

– Lindsay McKenzie

Chef des collĂšges de deux ans de Californie: la rĂ©ponse au virus durera jusqu’en juin

16 mars, 17 h 00 Eloy Oakley, chancelier du systĂšme des collĂšges communautaires de Californie, a dĂ©clarĂ© lundi que la rĂ©ponse du systĂšme Ă  l’Ă©pidĂ©mie de coronavirus durera probablement jusqu’en juin, a rapportĂ© Mikhail Zinshteyn, un journaliste de l’Ă©ducation basĂ© en Californie.

Oakley parlait lors d’une audience. Il a dĂ©clarĂ© que les collĂšges de deux ans de l’Etat devraient « planifier un deuxiĂšme pic du virus vers aoĂ»t ou septembre ».

Le conseil d’administration du systĂšme a accordĂ© Ă  Oakley des pouvoirs d’urgence pendant 180 jours. Il a maintenant la capacitĂ© de passer outre les rĂšgles locales et Ă©tatiques existantes rĂ©gissant les collĂšges communautaires.

Le systĂšme, qui inscrit environ 2,1 millions d’Ă©tudiants dans 115 collĂšges, a annoncĂ© la semaine derniĂšre un passage Ă  l’enseignement en ligne. Oakley a Ă©galement dĂ©clarĂ© que les collĂšges devraient annuler, reporter ou dĂ©placer en ligne toutes les cĂ©rĂ©monies de commencement prĂ©vues en mai et juin.

– Paul Fain

Northwestern va reporter le rassemblement des présidents des collÚges du monde entier

16 mars, 16 h 44 Un sommet des prĂ©sidents d’universitĂ©s du monde entier, prĂ©vu pour dĂ©but juin, a Ă©tĂ© reportĂ© Ă  mesure que le COVID-19 se propage.

Des dizaines de prĂ©sidents devaient assister au sommet U7 + Ă  la Northwestern University. Le rassemblement visait Ă  aider les dirigeants universitaires «à jouer un rĂŽle de premier plan pour relever les dĂ©fis mondiaux critiques» comme le climat, les inĂ©galitĂ©s, la polarisation, la transformation technologique et l’engagement communautaire.

Le report de la rĂ©union permettra aux dirigeants de se concentrer sur les problĂšmes Ă  la maison, selon un communiquĂ© de presse du Nord-Ouest. L’Ă©vĂ©nement sera reportĂ©, a-t-il prĂ©cisĂ©.

« Nous sommes profondĂ©ment dĂ©terminĂ©s Ă  travailler au-delĂ  des frontiĂšres institutionnelles et gĂ©ographiques pour relever nos plus grands dĂ©fis mondiaux », a dĂ©clarĂ© le prĂ©sident de Northwestern, Morton Schapiro, dans un communiquĂ©. « Cependant, la santĂ© et la sĂ©curitĂ© de nos communautĂ©s acadĂ©miques et mondiales sont d’une importance primordiale en ce moment, nĂ©cessitant un report du Sommet U7 +. »

En plus du Northwestern qui organise l’Ă©vĂ©nement, Columbia University, Georgetown University et University of California, Berkeley, sont rĂ©pertoriĂ©s comme co-sponsors. Des reprĂ©sentants de plus de 50 universitĂ©s ont Ă©tĂ© invitĂ©s.

– Rick Seltzer

Les collÚges commencent à annuler les cérémonies de commencement

16 mars, 16 h 18 L’UniversitĂ© du Michigan est devenue vendredi l’une des premiĂšres institutions amĂ©ricaines Ă  annuler les cĂ©rĂ©monies de dĂ©but de printemps.

De nombreux autres collĂšges et universitĂ©s ont dĂ©clarĂ© qu’ils dĂ©cideraient de commencer plus tard. Mais cela pourrait changer mercredi, car plusieurs collĂšges ont appelĂ© Ă  annuler les Ă©vĂ©nements.

L’UniversitĂ© Howard, la Kansas State University, le Wentworth Institute of Technology et le Kellogg Community College figuraient parmi les Ă©tablissements pour annoncer que le commencement avait Ă©tĂ© annulĂ© ou reportĂ©.

Kellogg, situé dans le Michigan, a cité des directives fédérales recommandant de ne pas rassembler plus de personnes.

« Nous vivons une Ă©poque sans prĂ©cĂ©dent et nous prenons des mesures sans prĂ©cĂ©dent en tant qu’institution pour empĂȘcher l’exposition au coronavirus qui se propage rapidement au Michigan et dans le monde », a dĂ©clarĂ© Adrien Bennings, prĂ©sident de KCC, dans un communiquĂ©. «Nous sommes déçus de ne pas avoir l’occasion de cĂ©lĂ©brer le succĂšs de nos Bruins en leur remettant un diplĂŽme alors qu’ils traversent la scĂšne sous les applaudissements de leur famille et de leurs amis, mais nous trouverons un autre moyen de reconnaĂźtre leurs rĂ©alisations. « 

– Paul Fain

En reversal, LA Community College District suspend toutes les>

16 mars, 14 h 15 Le Los Angeles Community College District a annoncé la suspension de toutes les>

Le conseil d’administration du district, qui accueille environ 230 000 Ă©tudiants, a pris la dĂ©cision aprĂšs avoir initialement prĂ©vu de passer Ă  la livraison de cours en ligne aprĂšs avoir annulĂ© les cours pour les deux premiers jours de cette semaine. The district had said the two-day pause would be used to train faculty members to access and teach in the online platform.

But after an emergency meeting over the weekend, the board instead opted to suspend all>

“There is nothing more important to me and to my board colleagues than the safety of our students, staff and faculty. This was a difficult decision to make, but it was the right one that provides protection and stability during these challenging times,” Andra Hoffman, the board’s president, said in statement.

— Paul Fain

Some International Applications Soaring to University of the People

March 16, 2:04 p.m. The online nonprofit University of the People reports a huge spike in global applications in response to the coronavirus.

“We are seeing an enormous jump in numbers of applications and interest from areas highly affected by the coronavirus, from students whose schools may have shut down or who may be in quarantine themselves,” Shai Reshef, president of the University of the People, said in an emailed statement.

“We are happy to accommodate these students affected by mounting health concerns,” he said.

The university, which is a tuition-free, accredited American university, received 300 applications from students in China during the winter term from October to December 2019. So far this term, which started Jan. 1, the number of applications from China has tripled.

Web traffic from Italy, Japan and South Korea — all countries badly impacted by the pandemic — has also doubled in recent months.

— Lindsay McKenzie

College Board, ACT Reschedule Exams

March 16, 12:19 p.m. The College Board and ACT have rescheduled upcoming exams.

The SAT of May 2 has been canceled. Makeup exams for the March 14 SAT, scheduled for March 28, have also been canceled « in response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19). »

Students who had been registered to take the SAT on one of those days will receive refunds.

At this point, the next SAT that has not been called off is June 6.

ACT has rescheduled the April 4 exam, moving it to June 13 « in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). » In the next few days, everyone who registered for the exam will receive information about the new date.

The College Board gave the SAT on Saturday, although many test sites were closed.

— Scott Jaschik​

Census Bureau Shares Information on Counting On-Campus Students Who’ve Been Sent Home

March 16, 12:12 p.m. The U.S. Census Bureau is addressing some operations that count college students.

College students who live on campus are counted through their colleges or universities as part of a census operation that counts students in university-owned housing and other group quarters like nursing homes, halfway houses and prisons. That could get a little more complicated with so many campuses sending students home.

A little more than half of student housing administrators had been planning to respond to the census in a method that provides the Census Bureau with directory information about students. Another 35 percent had been planning to allow students to self-respond with individual questionnaires.

The Census Bureau is contacting those institutions allowing self-responses to ask if they’d like to change those plans.

Generally, students in colleges that are temporarily closed because of the outbreak will still be counted under the same processes as before.

“Per the Census Bureau’s residence criteria, in most cases students living away from home at school should be counted at school, even if they are temporarily elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said a Sunday afternoon news release from the Census Bureau.

In other words, even if students are home on the official census day, which is April 1, they should be counted based on where they live and sleep most of the time. The Census Bureau says it is asking institutions to contact students with reminders about responding.

— Rick Seltzer

Guidance on International Students and Online Courses

March 15, 10:21 a.m. The Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has published more detailed guidance on how it will offer flexibility in relation to rules that typically restrict international students from counting more than one online course toward the requirement that they maintain a full-time course of study.

The guidance, published Friday, addresses three scenarios: one in which a school closes temporarily without offering online learning instruction, one in which a college temporarily switches to online instruction and the international student remains in the U.S., and one in which a college temporarily switches to online instruction and the international student leaves the country.

In the first case — in which a college closes — the Homeland Security Department said institutions should keep international student records active in the federal Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) so long as students intend to resume their course of studies when>

For the other two cases, in which institutions switch to online instruction, SEVP said it will temporarily waive restrictions on international students engaging in online coursework. Students’ SEVIS records should stay in active status if they continue courses online whether they are inside or outside the U.S.

SEVP stressed that the measures are temporary and that guidance is subject to change. Colleges must notify SEVP of procedural changes they make to respond to the coronavirus within 10 days of making those changes.

— Elizabeth Redden

Grinnell Expands Pass/Fail Option

March 15, 9:45 a.m. Grinnell College, a liberal arts college in Iowa, is allowing students to take all their spring courses under a pass/fail grading system in light of the college’s temporary shift from in-person to distance education. Students have until April 10 to switch some or all of their spring courses to a pass/fail grading system. Students can still opt to complete their courses under a traditional A-F grading system, but Grinnell said expanded use of pass/fail grading « aims to reduce student stress during this already-stressful time, while still providing a pathway to fulfill program and degree requirements. »

— Elizabeth Redden

Academic Libraries Share Response to COVID-19

March 15, 9:10 a.m. Many institutions are busy preparing to take their in-person courses online, but few academic libraries have significantly altered how they operate in response to the coronavirus, early survey data reveal.

The Academic Library Response to COVID-19 survey was launched on March 11 by Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, manager of surveys and research at Ithaka S+R, and Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, professor and coordinator for information literacy services and instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Over 200 libraries responded to the survey in the first 24 hours, reporting “relatively little change” in how they serve users. Libraries reported prevention and mitigation measures such as increased cleaning and public event cancellations, but only 64 percent of libraries said they engaged in regular communication with staff to provide updates and guidelines on safety measures.

The survey is still open and seeking responses. Regularly updated results can be accessed here.

— Lindsay McKenzie

SNHU Shares Resources About Online Learning

March 14, 12:40 p.m. Southern New Hampshire University, which is one of the nation’s largest universities, enrolling more than 96,000 students in online programs, released tips for other colleges as they move instruction online. The resources include guides on how to build a teacher persona, support student success, handle feedback and forums, and accommodate diversity, equity and inclusion in the online>

« In times like these, the importance of working together becomes more apparent than ever. Uniting as one community to share critical resources and information is both a sign of solidarity, and a sign of our collective commitment to the good and wellbeing of all people — not just the ones in our own campus>

— Paul Fain

NCAA May Adjust Eligibility Rules for Athletes

March 13, 5:50 p.m. The National Collegiate Athletic Association’s three divisions will discuss adjusting eligibility rules for spring athletes, which would potentially allow seniors to compete for another season.

The Division I Council Coordination Committee agreed eligibility relief would be appropriate for all Division I athletes who participated in spring sports and said the details of any rules adjustments will come later. The Division III Administrative Committee officially granted spring sports athletes an additional season or semester of eligibility, according to statements released by the NCAA.

The Division II Administrative Committee will also allow spring athletes to be eligible for an additional season.

— Greta Anderson

Consumer Groups: Trump’s Student Interest Waivers Not Enough

March 13, 5:35 p.m. Consumer groups applauded President Trump’s announcement that he will indefinitely waive the interest on federal loans during the coronavirus crisis.

But having asked Trump and Congress to put in place a moratorium to give borrowers a break from making any loan payments during the economic fallout from the pandemic, the groups also said the president’s move didn’t go far enough.

“Freezing interest will keep balances from growing during this time and that’s important,” Persis Yu, National Consumer Law Center staff attorney, said in a statement.

« However, many borrowers are going to experience income shocks and urgent expenses that will impede their ability to make their regularly scheduled payments, » said Yu. « Moreover, people need the confidence to know that, if they are sick or medically vulnerable or need to care for children, that they can stay home and not face the draconian consequences of defaulting on their student loans. »

Yu also called for the Education Department to stop garnishing wages or taking payments from Social Security benefits and tax refunds during the crisis.

« No one should fall behind on their student debts because of this national crisis, » said James Kvaal, president of the Institute for College Access and Success. « Waiving interest is welcome, but the key question is whether student loan borrowers can reduce or halt their monthly payments during the crisis​. Fully pausing student loan payments in addition to halting interest accumulation, and stopping punitive student loan collections, would provide much-needed, immediate relief to those individuals who may be unable to work and are facing economic hardship during this time of uncertainty. »

Mike Saunders, director of military and consumer policy at Veterans Education Success, said waiving interest rates will only marginally help student borrowers.

« We call on President Trump to ensure borrowers, as well as all Americans, have extra cash in their pockets until this global pandemic is over, » he said. « The federal government should not require Americans to prioritize payments to the government over ensuring the health and safety of their own families. »

A spokeswoman for the department said more details are coming on Trump’s order.

And earlier, a Democratic House aide said a moratorium on student loan payments is not expected to be included in the coronavirus package Congress is negotiating with the White House.

— Kery Murakami

Trump to Waive Interest on Student Loans

March 13, 4:10 p.m. At a news conference to declare a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump said he is issuing an emergency order to help student loan borrowers. « To help students and families, I have waived interest of student loans until further notice, » Trump said.

— Kery Murakami

Wife of UT Austin President Tests Positive

March 13, 2:30 p.m. Greg Fenves, president of the University of Texas at Austin, is being tested for COVID-19 after his wife, Carmel, tested positive for the virus.

A second member of Fenves’s family, who also works at the university, is presumed to have COVID-19 as well, according to a letter from Fenves to the university community.

Fenves, his wife and the other family member are in self-isolation. They are compiling a list of people they have recently had contact with. UT Health Austin nurses will reach out to those on the list who are affiliated with the university for screening.

Last week, Fenves and his wife traveled to New York City for alumni and student events. His wife began experiencing mild flu-like symptoms upon their return.

Classes at UT Austin were canceled and the campus was closed today, March 13, because of the positive test.

— Madeline St. Amour

Change of Plans for Monmouth

March 13, 2 p.m. At least one college already has changed its initial response to the novel coronavirus.

Monmouth College in Illinois initially planned to resume>

In a letter sent Friday, the college said it reassessed and will instead allow flexibility for students and faculty members to make their own decisions.

The college will stay closed for an extra week after spring break ends and reopen on March 23 under what it’s calling a “flexible plan” for the rest of the semester.

Under this plan, students can choose whether to return to campus or study online. Residence halls and food services will open this weekend as planned, and students can return to campus this weekend.

Professors will work with students who choose to study online. Faculty members can also choose to move their courses fully online if they wish.

Staff will also receive flexible options for their work.

Monmouth will be holding workshops for faculty on moving courses online from now until March 23.

“There is no perfect answer to the crisis that has happened upon us,” a statement from the college reads. “We believe this response affirms our twin commitments to quality education and to campus community wellbeing — even as we acknowledge that a pandemic has a way of throwing a wrench into that mission.”

— Madeline St. Amour

Call for More Tests

March 13, 11:55 a.m. The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health is calling on the Trump administration to take action to manufacture quality test kits for the novel coronavirus.

The association, which represents deans and directors of 128 accredited institutions for public health, said in a news release that it felt compelled to speak out about test-kit availability.

“When the United States failed to participate in the World Health Organization’s collaborative effort to bring testing to the world’s nations, it made an implicit commitment to provide its own tests,” the statement reads. “It has failed to do so, and clinical and public health organizations alike do not have anywhere near the testing capacity for an aggressive response to the expanding COVID-19 crisis.”

The association is asking the administration to use emergency public health measures and funding to facilitate public-private partnerships to validate and manufacture test kits for hospitals and clinics. Without enough reliable tests to diagnose and track the virus, the country won’t be able to combat the threat, according to the association.

— Madeline St. Amour

Flexibility for Students Abroad

March 13, 11:55 a.m. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program announced that nonimmigrant students can temporarily use distance learning, either from within the U.S. or elsewhere, to continue their courses in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Some members of NAFSA: Association of International Educators had reported to the organization earlier that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program told schools and colleges to instead terminate records for students who took online portions of>

After NAFSA contacted the program with their concerns and advocated that it allow schools and colleges to keep records in active status for students who switch to online courses, the program issued a statement correcting its guidance.

— Madeline St. Amour

No Student Loan Relief Expected in Coronavirus Package From Congress

March, 13 11:40 a.m. The multibillion-dollar coronavirus package being negotiated by Representative Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin isn’t expected to include a temporary suspension of student loan payments, said a Democratic House aide. Advocacy groups like Veterans Education Success and The Institute for College Access and Successhad been hoping for some temporary relief. House Democrats, however, are working on proposals to provide help.

Meanwhile, Senator Patty Murray, the top Democrat on the Senate’s health and education committee, proposed a temporary exemption for students from repaying Pell Grants or student loans if their terms are disrupted. Under current law, Pell Grant recipients would have to return a portion of their grants to the federal government if they withdraw from school, or in this case, if their institution closes.

The bill, co-sponsored by Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, both New York Democrats, would provide $1.2 billion in funding to provide emergency financial aid to college students for basic needs created by unexpected college closures and COVID-19 related disruptions, including food, housing, health care and childcare needs.

It would also provide $1.2 billion in funding to help K-12 school districts and higher education institutions plan for closures, including how to provide meals to students, support efforts to clean and sanitize educational facilities, and to provide training to educators and other staff members on how to properly ensure their buildings are safe for students’ return.

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators applauded the co-sponsors “for acting quickly to find a solution to support financial aid recipients, who may now find themselves in dire situations in the face of this pandemic.”

— Kery Murakami

Bogus Fliers at Bates College about ‘Forced Contamination’

March 13, 10:50 a.m. Anonymous fliers appeared Wednesday on the campus of Bates College. They falsely claimed Bates was attempting to cope with the viral outbreak through « forced massed contamination, » because the college had determined that students and all others will get COVID-19, the Lewiston Sun Journal reported.

The college, which is located in Maine, quickly denounced the fliers, calling on students, faculty and staff members to discard them.

“We are all doing our best to grapple with a very challenging public health situation, this kind of action reflects seriously poor judgment and blatant disregard for the concerns and well-being of others,” a Bates spokesman said in a message to the Bates community.

On Friday Bates announced it was suspending>

In a message to the campus, Clayton Spencer, Bates’s president, expressed empathy for the resulting disruptions felt by students, their families and faculty and staff members.

« We find ourselves in a situation that is, quite literally, beyond our control. I understand that the solutions we are offering are necessarily imperfect and place extra demands on all members of our community, » Spencer wrote. « I have heard from many students over the past week. Some have expressed their anxiety about staying on campus under current circumstances, and others have described to me how devastated they feel at the prospect of having to leave campus and their Bates world mid-semester. My heart goes out to all of our students, as these are genuinely stressful and difficult times. But this is an unprecedented situation, and we have no choice but to take this course of action. »

— Paul Fain

Wharton Creates Coronavirus Course

March 13, 10:30 a.m. As colleges across the country shut down or move online in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania already is taking lessons from the outbreak and putting them into a course.

Epidemics, Natural Disasters and Geopolitics: Managing Global Business and Financial Uncertainty will be a six-week, half-credit course offered remotely starting March 25, after the college’s extended spring break, according to a news release.

The course will discuss financial market reactions to the coronavirus, emotional contagion and how the virus affects the trade war with China.

“There are significant business lessons to be learned from the global response to the coronavirus outbreak, and Wharton is at the forefront of sharing valuable insights and creating a community to exchange ideas,” said Geoff Garrett, dean of the Wharton School. “This is a teachable moment for the global academic community, and this course is just one example of how Wharton is coming together to provide support during a time of heightened anxiety and ambiguity.”

More than 450 students have already preregistered for the course.

— Madeline St. Amour

U-Haul Offers Free Storage

March 13, 10:30 a.m. More colleges are telling students to pack up and head home for the semester due to the novel coronavirus, often leaving students with costs for moving or storing their belongings.

U-Haul has stepped forward to offer 30 days of free self-storage to college students in the U.S. and Canada in response to the outbreak, according to a news release from the company. It also includes use of the company’s portable moving and storage containers.

“We don’t know how every student is affected. But we know they are affected,” John Taylor, U-Haul’s president, said in the statement. “More and more universities are giving instructions to leave campus and go home. Students and their parents are in need of moving and storage solutions. We have the expertise and network to help, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

The free month applies only to new customers with college IDs, according to the release.

U-Haul has offered this deal before to specific communities impacted by natural disasters, but this is the first time that it will be offered nationwide.

— Madeline St. Amour

Sodexo Offers Expanded Sick Pay

March 13, 10:10 a.m. Sodexo, a company that operates food and dining services on many college campuses, announced Thursday that all employees, full- and part-time, will be granted sick pay for up to 21 days if they have a confirmed case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, or are asked not to come in because of related symptoms.

This use of sick pay only will be available after an employee has used up their accrued sick time. The limited and haphazard coronavirus testing regimen in the U.S. raises questions about how many employees with the virus will be able to access tests and confirm their cases. The country is far behind others in its ability to test for the virus, a fact acknowledged Thursday by Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

“Sodexo is committed to the health and safety of our employees, our clients and the communities we serve, and that includes supporting our employees where we can if they get sick as they service our clients,” Sarosh Mistry, president of Sodexo USA, said in a statement. “Our long-standing commitment to our employees is something we will stand by, especially at a time like this.”

UT Austin Shuts Down Campus Operations

March 13, 9:20 a.m. Citing two positive cases of COVID-19 in the Austin area, the University of Texas at Austin on Friday morning canceled>

Yesterday UT Austin suspended campus visits and all university-sponsored travel and issued a worldwide recall of faculty, staff and students on university-sponsored trips.

— Paul Fain

NCAA Cancels March Madness

March 12, 4:30 p.m. The National Collegiate Athletic Association canceled the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, along with all other winter and spring championships scheduled for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, the association said in a statement.

“This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” the NCAA said.

— Greta Anderson

Feds Issue Guidelines for FERPA

March 12, 4 p.m. The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidelines for institutions regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, and the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Generally, FERPA doesn’t allow colleges to provide information about a student to others without their consent. But there are some exceptions that could allow colleges to send information to others without consent as they deal with the spread of coronavirus, according to Amelia Vance, director of youth and education privacy at the Future of Privacy Forum. Vance said much of that guidance was already outlined in what the department released during the spread of the H1N1 virus.

The first exception allows colleges to disclose students’ personal information without their consent if that information is necessary to protect the health and safety of others. For example, if a student tests positive for coronavirus or has symptoms, the college can release a statement saying a student tested positive, without identifying the student.

Colleges could also send emails to students who shared specific>

For those who are worried about violating regulations, Vance pointed to a 2009 FERPA regulation that said the department won’t second-guess a college’s determination in an emergency unless most people would consider it unreasonable.

The second exception allows colleges to identify students to public health departments. If the college declares it’s an emergency, it can provide that information without students’ consent. If a college said it’s not an emergency, the department could hypothetically issue a subpoena to get the information, Vance said.

College officials should keep in mind that they are required to record instances when they share students’ information without consent, Vance said. She recommends that they keep track in real time so they don’t have to retrace their steps after the situation calms down.

— Madeline St. Amour

Ratings Agency Details Coronavirus Risks

March 12, 2:30 p.m. Operating and enrollment pressure could build on some colleges and universities as COVID-19 spreads, according to a note out this afternoon from Fitch Ratings.

Institutions with limited liquidity, those that rely heavily on tuition revenue and those that rely more heavily on endowment draws to fund operations generally have less ability to absorb revenue volatility before their finances take a hit, the note said. Those with larger operating margins and cash flow flexibility enjoy a stronger position.

Sources of operating risk include campus closures or other restrictions on students, faculty and staff. They also include lower dorm-occupancy rates and branch campuses abroad closing. Closures of only a few weeks aren’t expected to have a large impact on colleges’ operating performance, but pressures will build the longer campuses are shuttered.

Fees loom as an important issue. Income from auxiliary services like housing, dining and parking have grown in importance for many colleges and universities. A decline in fee revenue from services could affect margins if it stretches into the fall 2020 semester, according to the ratings agency.

Normally, universities don’t have to refund auxiliary fees, but some colleges may be choosing to do so on a prorated basis for services no longer being provided.

Fitch expects reliance on online>

Universities with significant international student populations could be in line for reduced enrollment and subsequent pressure on net tuition revenue in the upcoming academic year. The risk is notable because research universities tend to have the largest numbers of international students, but they also have stronger financial profiles than other types of institutions.

Market declines are expected to hit endowments but not have an impact on bond ratings. Fitch also mentioned the possibility that reduced economic activity could hit state budgets and in turn public funding for colleges and universities. But the ratings agency called the size of such effects unclear at this point.

— Rick Seltzer

Duke Suspends All Athletic Activities

March 12, 2:20 p.m. Duke University appears to be the first power-conference institution to cancel all its athletics events. Vincent Price, Duke’s president, said the university was suspending all practices and games, effective immediately.

“We are taking this action to protect the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and others who are essential to these activities,” Price said in a statement. “I know it is a great disappointment to our student-athletes and coaches, whose hard work and dedication to their sports and Duke is inspirational to so many, but we must first look out for their health and well-being. This is clearly an unprecedented moment for our university, our region and the wider world. As we take steps to confront the spread of this virus, I’m grateful for the cooperation and support of the entire Duke community.”

The decision means Duke’s perennial powerhouse men’s basketball team, currently ranked No.6 nationally in some polls, will not be participating in the NCAA tournament.

« We emphatically support the decision made by Dr. Price today regarding the suspension of athletic competition at Duke, » Mike Krzyzewski, the men’s basketball coach, said in the statement. « The welfare of our student-athletes, and all students at Duke, is paramount, and this decision reflects that institutional priority. Certainly, I want to applaud Dr. Price, who took a leadership role with his presidential peers and the Atlantic Coast Conference in arriving at this decision. »

The University of Kansas, Arizona State University and West Virginia University followed with similar announcements on Thursday afternoon.

— Paul Fain

Conferences Cancel Basketball Tournaments

March 12, 12:25 p.m. The Big Ten, the Southeastern Conference and the American Athletic Conference will not proceed with men’s basketball conference tournaments, fearing the spread of COVID-19.

Some men’s basketball games for these conferences have already taken place this week, and the women’s basketball conference championships for the Big Ten, SEC and AAC are complete.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Wednesday it would hold Division I championship tournament games without public spectators, but it has made no indication of plans to postpone or cancel the tournament.

— Greta Anderson

NASPA Cancels Annual Conference

March 12, 12:10 p.m. The annual conference for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, NASPA, has been canceled due to growing concern over the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

The conference was scheduled to run March 28 through April 1 in Austin, Tex. After the city declared a public health emergency and the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the organization sent out an email canceling the event.

Those who were registered for the event must email NASPA to cancel and receive refunds. Otherwise, the payments will automatically go toward fees for next year’s conference.

The organization plans to hold free virtual, live-streaming keynotes and other session from March 30 to April 10 in place of the conference.

The only other time NASPA has canceled its largest annual gathering was during World War II. Several other higher education organizations have canceled conferences, including the American Council of Education, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and the International Studies Association.

— Madeline St. Amour

Growing Number of Two-Year Colleges Move Online

March 12, noon. Community colleges face a broad range of challenges in moving>

A spokesman for California’s community college system, Paul Feist, said Thursday that the system’s 115 colleges, which enroll 2.1 million students, can start moving courses online now and submit requests for approval after the fact. He said more than a dozen colleges had already told the chancellor’s office they are making the change. Very few are choosing to shut down campuses completely.

“The colleges are working very hard to protect the health and safety of students and staff while continuing with the educational mission,” Feist said. “We are accustomed in California to dealing with disasters, and community colleges will be a critical resource as we work through this.”

Other two-year institutions making similar moves include Long Beach City College, Des Moines Area Community College, Parkland College in Illinois, Maryland’s Harford Community College, Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Rhode Island Community College and Northern Virginia Community College. The City University of New York, which includes seven community colleges, yesterday announced the transition.

« By transitioning to distance learning, CUNY will be upholding its responsibility as the largest urban public university in the country and meeting our goal of minimizing exposure to those on our campus communities to coronavirus transmission, » FĂ©lix V. Matos RodrĂ­guez, CUNY’s chancellor, said in a statement.

— Madeline St. Amour and Paul Fain

Relief Fund for Students Affected by Closures

March 11, 11:22 p.m. The new Student Relief Fund is offering to match donations of up to $5,000 for grants aimed at the hundreds of thousands of college students who are affected by campus closures over COVID-19 concerns, who may face hunger and homelessness as a result. Believe in Students, Edquity and the Rise Fund are matching the donations. The grants will be distributed as emergency aid by Edquity and the FAST Fund, which has locations in 18 cities around the U.S.

— Paul Fain

New Guidance for Colleges in New Jersey, Medical Colleges

March 11, 6:28 p.m. The New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education issued new guidance for colleges and universities to make coronavirus-related decisions that affect campus life. The guidance addressed material hardships students might face, travel directives, continuity of instruction, quarantine facilities and procedures, cleaning protocols, and efforts to reduce anxiety

« These considerations include handling basic needs for those who need it (such as housing and food); notifying the surrounding community — including municipal and county leadership and the local business community — and decision-making involved with re-convening in-person instruction if an institution has decided to move its>

The Association of American Medical Colleges released new recommendations after a meeting at the White House. They covered:

  • Increasing the availability and capacity of testing
  • Ensuring adequate supplies and stewardship of personal protective equipment
  • Holding patients harmless for the cost of testing and treatment
  • Increasing the availability and use of telehealth
  • Supporting hospitals’ efforts to expand capacity to meet surging needs

« America’s academic medical centers are committed to mounting a vigorous response to contain and mitigate COVID-19 and to providing quality care to any patient affected by this public health emergency, including the under- and uninsured, » Dr. David J. Skorton, the association’s president and CEO, said in a statement. « Because of their expert faculty physicians, highly trained health care teams and cutting-edge medical technology, major teaching hospitals consistently maintain a heightened level of preparedness to respond rapidly to any major event at any time. »

— Paul Fain

Man With University of Delaware Connections is State’s Presumptive First Positive Case

March 11, 5:45 p.m. The Delaware Division of Public Health has announced the state’s presumptive first positive cause of COVID-19, which involves “a New Castle County man over the age of 50 who is associated with the University of Delaware community.”

The man affected was exposed to another confirmed case in a different state, according to officials. He is not severely ill. He isolated himself at home when symptoms appeared.

Epidemiologists are attempting to identify other individuals who were potentially exposed. Students, faculty and staff members with concerns about exposure risks are being asked to contact a University of Delaware call center.

— Rick Seltzer

More Universities Plan Remote Classes

March 11, 5:30 p.m. Several more major universities and systems have announced plans of varying scale for remote>

Penn State is strongly discouraging many students from returning to campus for several weeks. Penn is asking students to leave by Sunday.

The University of North Carolina system’s institutions will move from in-person instruction to “a system of alternative course delivery, where possible and practical, no later than March 20.” The alternative course delivery is to officially start March 23 and last indefinitely, but the system aims to return to in-person instruction as soon as possible.

Outside events and gatherings of 100 or more people are being canceled or postponed, and the university is suspending sponsored travel to in-state gatherings of 100 or more people, as well as travel outside the state, unless specially authorized.

Penn State University will move to remote instruction from March 16 through April 3. It plans to go back to in-person>

During the three weeks following spring break, Penn State undergraduate and law students at all campus locations are being “strongly discouraged” from returning to on- and off-campus locations and dwellings. Residence halls and dining facilities will not be reopened for normal operations during the period, beyond facilities already in use.

Graduate students are also being asked to participate in>

Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, the University of Pennsylvania is extending its spring break for all students aside from those in health-related schools or programs who have already had break or who are in clinical rotations. Penn plans to migrate>

Penn is asking students who are out of town to not return to campus. Those on campus are being asked to leave by Sunday.

The University of Kentucky will remain open but continue instruction through “online or other alternatives” from March 23 through April 3 — the two weeks after its spring break for most students. It intends to go back to normal course delivery April 6.

Kentucky students will be able to return to campus residence halls. Research and health-care activities are set to continue as planned. But all international travel sponsored or endorsed by the university has been indefinitely suspended. Any travelers arriving from Europe and Japan will be required to “self-isolate” for 14 days before being allowed on campus.

Further, the University of Kentucky is strongly discouraging university-sponsored or -endorsed domestic travel.

— Rick Seltzer

No Fans for March Madness Tournaments

March 11, 4:51 p.m. The National Collegiate Athletic Association will move forward with its men’s and women’s championship basketball tournaments without public spectators, Mark Emmert, the NCAA’s president, said in a statement Wednesday.

This means only essential staff and some family members will be permitted to be in the audience of the upcoming weeks of March Madness tournament games, which begin March 17. The precautions will help to protect the fans from transmitting COVID-19, as “behavioral risk mitigation strategies are the best option for slowing the spread of the disease,” the NCAA’s coronavirus advisory panel said in a statement.

A number of individual institutions, athletic conferences and governments have already canceled or issued limitations or bans on spectators at NCAA events across the country.

“While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States,” Emmert said. “This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes. We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families.”

— Greta Anderson

Striking Grad Students Criticize UC Santa Cruz’s Move Online

March 11, 4:45 p.m. Striking graduate students at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have put out a statement regarding the university’s move to suspend face-to-face>

« We see the university’s turn to emergency measures as a rehearsal for a permanent shift to large scale online instruction, accelerating the creep of online teaching with little oversight, with no bargaining, and with little to no transparency, » the statement said. « As UCSC looks for ways to operate in the spring after losing around 80 graduate student employees, the turn to online learning would set an alarming precedent for how a university can function without its workers. »

The university dismissed or declined to appoint around 80 graduate student teaching assistants who were withholding grades. The graduate student strike began in December. It is a labor action in demand of a cost-of-living adjustment by the university.

“For undergraduates, this is not the education that they paid for,” the statement said. “Online teaching is a poor substitute for learning in a>

The grads will continue with a digital picket, which involves continuing to withhold grades, keeping any grade updates off Canvas, not teaching>

The university responded, « As local, national and global public health recommendations increasingly shift to efforts to mitigate transmission by social distancing, UC Santa Cruz is proactively taking steps to protect our campus community. In our assessment of the current situation, we believe that this is the best action for our campus and the broader Santa Cruz community. »

— Lilah Burke

SUNY and CUNY Move to Distance Learning

March 11, 3:55 p.m. The State University of New York and City University of New York systems will move to distance learning for the rest of the semester, the state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, has announced.

« This will help us reduce density and reduce the spread of this virus, » the governor said in a statement on Twitter.

A statement from the governor’s office later clarified that the two public university systems will « implement plans to maximize distance learning and reduce in-person>

Hundreds of thousands of students will be affected by the move, making it one of the most significant yet seen across the country. SUNY reported fall head-count enrollment of more than 415,000 across its campuses. CUNY reported nearly 275,000 in 2018.

The SUNY Student Assembly issued a response voicing appreciation for the move while also acknowledging the fact that students will require assistance.

« Continuing SUNY’s tradition of inclusive and accessible academic excellence is as important as ever, » the assembly’s statement said. « The SUNY Student Assembly looks forward to working with Chancellor [Kristina M.] Johnson and her team to ensure that students have all the resources and support that they need as we make this transition.”

— Rick Seltzer

AAC&U Conference Cancellation

March 11, 3:32 p.m. Another association has called off a conference, as the Association of American Colleges & Universities canceled its 2020 Conference on Diversity, Equity and Student Success, which had been slated to be held in New Orleans March 19-21.

AAC&U is planning to present some keynote sessions and workshops virtually. Materials from presentations for concurrent sessions will go up online. The association plans to reach out to those registered soon with information about participating virtually or options for refunds.

“The health and safety of conference participants and AAC&U staff members are our highest priorities and were the determining factors in this difficult decision,” AAC&U said in a statement.

— Rick Seltzer

Big Ten Says Hoops Tournaments Still On

March 11, 3:15 p.m. The Big Ten Conference said Wednesday afternoon that its men’s basketball tournament will continue as scheduled. The games are set to tip off this evening.

« The Big Ten Conference’s main priority is to ensure the safety of our students, coaches, administrators, event staff, fans and media as we continue to monitor all relevant information on the COVID-19 virus, » the Big Ten said in a statement.

The Ivy League on Tuesday canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments over coronavirus concerns. Some conference basketball players criticized the move, creating an online petition calling for the tournaments to be reinstated.

« The hypocrisy of our Ivy League presidents is baffling and alarming, » said the petition. « We are disappointed and disheartened that they would discriminate against one sport and allow the others to continue to compete. »

On Wednesday the conference dropped all athletics practice and competition through the remainder of the spring.

Local authorities have banned large gatherings in San Francisco and the Seattle area, according to news reports.

— Paul Fain

University Closures Continue

March 11, 1:30 p.m. The University of Massachusetts system, the University System of Maryland, the University of Virginia, Georgetown University, George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University are among the latest institutions to move>

UMass’s five campuses will « shift to a virtual mode of instruction » beginning on March 16 and through at least April 3, the system said in a statement. Most of the system’s 75,000 students will not be on campus during that time, said UMass.

The University System of Maryland on Tuesday urged all of its universities across the 12-institution system to prepare for students to remain off campus for at least two weeks after the system’s spring break, which begins Saturday and ends on March 22.

George Washington and Johns Hopkins both announced the suspension of in-person>

UVA’s shift to online instruction will begin on March 19, James E. Ryan, the university’s president, said in a statement.

“Students who are away on spring break are strongly encouraged to return home or to remain home if they are already there,” Ryan said. “Students on grounds and in Charlottesville are strongly encouraged to return home by this weekend.”

Georgetown’s move to online will begin on March 19. The university strongly encouraged undergraduate students to move to their permanent addresses.

“We understand that for some number of students there will be a compelling reason to remain on campus,” the university said in a statement. “Campus will remain open and key services will be available.”

— Paul Fain

More Campus and Conference Suspensions

March 11, 12:30 p.m. Michigan State University was one of the latest and largest universities to announce the suspension of all in-person>

Notre Dame University also announced Wednesday that it is moving to online instruction and canceling in-person>

By Wednesday morning, roughly 90 colleges and universities had shut down their campuses or suspended in-person instruction and moved it online or to distance delivery, according to a crowdsourced Google sheet created by Bryan Alexander, a futurist, researcher and senior scholar at Georgetown University.

Several others are helping Alexander maintain the database, which is being populated by contributors throughout higher education. It has crashed several times due to heavy traffic.

ASU+GSV, a meeting focused on education technology, postsecondary education and workforce development that had been scheduled for April in San Diego, has been postponed until the fall.

Organizers of the conference, which hosted 5,500 attendees last year, said postponing was “the best option to protect our community and to have a truly productive convening.”

The American Association of Geographers also announced the cancelation of its April meeting in Denver. The group said Wednesday morning that it would shift to an online version, free of charge.

— Paul Fain

Low-Income Students and Campus Shutdowns

March 11, noon. Harvard University is giving students less than a week to pack up, leave campus and not return after spring break is over.

Primus, a student organization at Harvard that advocates for the university’s low-income and first-generation students, put out a statement highlighting several ways this expectation will be close to impossible for students who are not privileged.

Many can’t afford unexpected travel costs to get home. They’re expected to pay for storage units for on-campus belongings. Students won’t be able to rely on their on-campus jobs. And they’re being asked to make all these changes while still attending>

On top of that, students will have to take courses online, which requires internet access and computers.

« These closures disproportionately affect the most vulnerable groups of students on campus, » said Anthony Abraham Jack, assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, later adding, « I know what it means to be affected by something that money can’t stop, but money helps you through. So when you don’t come from money, you feel the full brunt of it. »

Beyond financial constraints, some students may not have safe homes to return to, he said. Jack said he knows of one student who lives an hour from home but never visits, because the student is queer and doesn’t get a bed at home. Other students never had three square meals a day and a consistent roof over their heads until coming to college, Jack added.

« Even if college is hell, it can still be a sanctuary for some students, » he said.

Primus has organized a document of resources and answers for students on financial assistance and help from alumni. But Jack said it’s unfair to expect students to take on the job of the university.

« We must be better, as college officials, at outlining processes so students can just be students, » he said. « Right now, colleges are addressing this pandemic almost solely as a public health issue, when it’s actually one affecting inequalities on campuses. »

— Madeline St. Amour

Unrest at the University of Dayton

March 11, 11:30 a.m. A large crowd including students from the University of Dayton gathered on the Ohio campus yesterday after the university on Tuesday suspended in-person>

Students began gathering in large numbers after the announcement. The Dayton Daily News reported that police officers from multiple departments, some wearing riot gear, cleared the crowd, which dispersed by 2:15 a.m. One person was injured in the disturbance, according to the university.

Students were not reacting to the coronavirus measures, the university said, but instead “wanted one last large gathering” before Dayton’s spring break, which begins Friday.

“A large disorderly crowd that grew to more than 1,000 people gathered on Lowes Street starting around 11 p.m., throwing objects and bottles in the street and at police, and jumping on cars,” the university said in a written statement. “Police gave verbal orders to disperse which were ignored. Police initially launched pepper balls, which contain powder with an irritant that disperses quickly, that were unsuccessful in reducing the crowd size.”

— Paul Fain