Auburn students will not return to campus for spring semester, university says


AUBURN, Ala. (WDHN) — Auburn students will not be heading back to campus for class, according to a release from the university.

Through the rest of the spring semester, students will have to take their classes online, and their spring commencement is postponed.

Auburn University President Jay Gogue said this change was made to keep social distancing at its maximum.

“By reducing the number of individuals on campus, Auburn continues to promote as much social distancing as possible to help slow the spread of the virus,” said Auburn President Jay Gogue.

The university working to give refunds to all students who paid for on-campus housing and dining. If students need to get their property back from their dorms, they will be contacted by the university’s housing office, but nobody is allowed to return to campus until they are told to come back.

More information about alternate commencement plans will be given to students who were planning to graduate this spring. Degrees will be mailed to students who meet their graduation criteria.

“This was a very difficult decision made with careful thought and input from faculty, staff, and, most importantly, our students,” said Gogue about the postponement of commencement.  “Graduation is one of the most important events in the lives of our students, and I look forward to celebrating their accomplishments at a future date.”

Currently, there are no set plans for how the university will handle summer courses and programs, but the decision is set to happen soon.

In the meanwhile, the university will still operate as normal except with regards to remote instruction, on-campus student housing, on-campus dining, Auburn University Libraries, and the Recreation and Wellness Center.

Faculty and staff will also be working remotely, per university instruction.

More information on Auburn University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on the Auburn University COVID-19 webpage. Visitors can sign up for email updates from there.

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