Monroe College Transitions On-Campus Classes to Online Format

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While there are no reported cases of coronavirus at Monroe, the decision to move on-site classes online for at least the next two weeks was made out of an abundance of caution.

While there are no reported cases of coronavirus at Monroe, the decision was made out of an abundance of caution. Undergraduate and graduate classes are impacted, as are those offered through Jumpstart, Monroe's credit-bearing early college program held on Saturdays for local high school students.

Monroe College, a national leader in educating urban and international students, today announced that on-campus classes have been transitioned to the online learning format for at least the next two weeks.

While there are no reported cases of coronavirus at Monroe, the decision was made out of an abundance of caution. It impacts all undergraduate and graduate classes held on the College’s Bronx and New Rochelle campuses, as well as those offered through Jumpstart, its credit-bearing early college program held on Saturdays for local high school juniors and seniors.

President Marc Jerome explained the decision in an email to the College community early this afternoon, which is shared below:

“Dear College Community:

Over the last few days, senior administrators have talked with countless students, their parents, faculty, and staff regarding coronavirus. Although there are no reported cases on campus, there remains considerable anxiety and concern among all of us, which is completely understandable.

In light of this, and in keeping with increased calls for social distancing, we are suspending on-campus classes as of 2:30 pm today, March 11th. Classes scheduled for this evening, tomorrow, and Friday are canceled.

On-campus classes will resume in the online format starting this Saturday morning, March 14th.

Classes transitioning to the online format will meet at the same day and time as they are scheduled on campus. That means students in Monday/Wednesday classes that meet at 10:20 am, for example, must be logged in and ready for their online class at that time.

We will continue online academic instruction at least through classes on Saturday, March 28th.

The College will continue to monitor the situation closely. Please continue to check your College email and our website for updates and other important announcements.

We will share more detailed information later today on how this temporary change in operations impacts other College activities and events.

Separate communications with specific instructions will be sent to all students and housing students.”

Additional information of interest to the College community:

  • The College retained an outside company last week to provide heightened cleaning and sanitization services on our Bronx and New Rochelle campuses. This work will continue in the weeks ahead out of an abundance of caution.
  • While the College is encouraging housing students to vacate the dormitories, they are not required to do so. Dining services will be available for students who remain on campus.
  • On-campus academic support centers, such as tutoring spaces, computer labs and libraries, will remain open.
  • Administrative and staff offices will remain open.

ABOUT MONROE COLLEGE

Founded in 1933, Monroe College is a recognized leader in urban and international education. The College is proud of its innovative programs to increase college access, affordability, and completion outcomes, especially among first-generation students. The strength of its warm, supportive culture is reflected in the personal connections fostered among students, faculty, and staff.

Monroe educates close to 8,000 students each year, offering Certificate, Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree programs from campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, and St. Lucia. Many of the College’s degree programs may also be pursued online.

Programs are offered through seven academic schools, including the Schools of Allied Health Professions, Business and Accounting, Criminal Justice, Education, Hospitality Management and the Culinary Institute of New York (CINY), Information Technology, and Nursing, as well as through King Graduate School. Liberal arts and continuing education programs are also available. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit http://www.monroecollege.edu.

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