UO answers questions about remote spring term in virtual town hall

The university answered questions about tuition, commencement, and the structure of the spring quarter.

Posted: Mar 30, 2020 7:59 PM
Updated: Mar 30, 2020 8:04 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon held a virtual town hall Monday afternoon to answer questions about the start of a remote spring term.

The one-and-a-half-hour town hall brought together university leaders like President Michael Schill, executive director of the university Health Center Debra Beck, and Doneka Scott, vice provost for the Division of Student Life and Dean of Students.

"We hope that all of you can succeed this quarter," Schill said. "We know we are going to do everything possible to make that happen in our remote education. Anyone who has issues that they need help with, please reach out to us."

The university answered questions about tuition, commencement, and the structure of the spring quarter. All courses will be accessible remotely during their originally slotted times, but they will also be recorded for students who cannot log on during that time.

When it comes to tuition, Schill said the school cannot offer a discounted rate because the school still needs to fund a top tier education. He said getting the university to go completely online costs more than having class in person.

When it comes to commencement, school officials said that is still canceled and they are looking into other ways to celebrate graduating students.

The town hall mentioned something new this term. All students can change their courses from graded to pass/fail anytime during the quarter. President Schill said he hopes this rare policy change will encourage students to broaden their horizons.

"You're stuck at home. You're not able to do very much, study!" Schill said. "Get ahead in your studies, take an extra course or two. This is an opportunity to engage with faculty members through open office hours."

University officials said they encourage anyone who has questions to visit their frequently asked questions page.

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