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Local universities move spring terms online

Northwest Christian University, University of Oregon, and Oregon State University announced the rest of their spring terms will be taught remotely.

Posted: Mar 19, 2020 7:45 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- Local 4-year universities are taking an extra step, beyond Governor Kate's Brown executive order, by moving the rest of their school years online.

Northwest Christian University, University of Oregon, Oregon State University and Lane Community College announced the rest of their spring terms will be taught remotely.

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All universities will keep their residence and dining halls open for the remainder of the school year.

University of Oregon sophomore Jacob Beck said he is happy his university has been in constant communication with students but there are still many unanswered questions.

"It’s a mess because no one knows where to go, who to be with right now," Beck said. "There’s a lot of misunderstandings with tuition costs, not being able to refund all of the students. So it’s kind of just a mess trying to figure out what spring term is going to look like and how to attack your classes."

Commencement at the University of Oregon is canceled, but university officials said they are working to find an alternative way to celebrate graduating students.

On the other hand, Oregon State University has not said anything about its commencement ceremony. University officials did announce that if any undergraduate or graduate student's graduation is affected by this decision to move online, the school will provide scholarship money to those students who have to take extra classes.

Northwest Chrisitan University said their commencement ceremony is still planned for May but they are taking it day by day.

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