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Manchester University expands COVID-19 response

President Dave McFadden announced today (March 17) new developments and decisions regarding how Manchester University is continuing to respond to fast-changing circumstances around the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Based on new guidelines and expectations announced Monday night, we have decided to move to remote teaching and online learning for students on both campuses through the end of the spring semester,” McFadden said.

Classes for the Fort Wayne campus will resume on Monday, March 23. 

Classes for the North Manchester campus will resume on Wednesday, March 25. This is two days later than regularly scheduled. 

Effective 9 p.m. Sunday, March 22, residence halls will close for the remainder of the semester.  The process for checking out will be communicated to students through email by their hall directors.

“Also, we recognize that there might be some circumstances that are highly exceptional where students might not have safe or suitable alternative housing options. For these cases, students may ask to continue living on campus,” McFadden said.

All campus activities for the remainder of the semester have been canceled or postponed.  This includes canceling all athletic competitions, most music concerts and performances, and in-person student activities.

Some presentations and performances might move to online only. At this time, Manchester is finalizing details to allow Songs of the Islands to be livestreamed on Facebook at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, without an audience.

Spring Commencement ceremonies are canceled.  Manchester officials are exploring alternative options to celebrate the Class of 2020. 

Many employees will be working remotely, at least through April 1.

“Thank you for your continuing patience and grace as we navigate uncharted waters. The decisions we’ve made today are done with the health of our campuses and communities in mind,” McFadden said.

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March 2020