All classes will be shifted to an online format the week following spring break, according to university administration.
In an email announcement sent out to the student body on March 11, President Pistole explained the details of this decision.
“Based on rapidly developing events, for the week following spring break, March 23-27, we will shift all classes to an online, e-learning system,” he said. “There will be no in-person classes that week.”
Pistole explained that this decision came after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
“We have been monitoring the WHO information for the last several weeks, along with CDC and State Department advisories,” said Pistole. “I was on a call with other Independent Colleges of Indiana presidents a little while ago, and most schools are maintaining a ‘business as usual’ approach until deemed appropriate/necessary to change. I believe going online for the week… is prudent now. We will continually monitor the situation, globally and locally, and provide updates as warranted, with one on or before March 25 addressing when to return to campus.”
According to Pistole, the decision was the result of much deliberation and consideration.
“Our prayer is that everyone in the AU family remain safe and healthy,” said Pistole.