Brandman University Friday enacted a temporary plan at its 25 campuses in the states of California and Washington to mitigate the risk of coronavirus, calling for all classes to be taken online.
“These measures are being taken to help members of the Brandman community — students, faculty, and staff — adhere to healthy practices and minimize the probability of exposure to themselves and others,” the university said in a statement.
The new policies pertain to blended courses, travel, and professional conferences.
“About 85% of credit-hour classes are taken online, and university leaders developing Brandman’s response to this public health crisis anticipate the switch to entirely online course delivery can be achieved with minimal or no disruptions to students’ academic progress,” the university said.
Brandman has 25 campuses in California and Washington, and no classes in academic credit programs will convene in any of those locations until further notice.
The measures will take effect on Monday, March 9, which is the first day of Spring Session II instruction.
However, there are no plans to alter schedules for Brandman’s 11 commencement ceremonies, which are scheduled to begin April 29.
“Anyone planning to travel to Commencement is encouraged to seek refundable travel options, as the situation can change,” the university said.
“University officials will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19. Chancellor Gary Brahm is leading a policy committee to coordinate all university responses, and other university leaders are maintaining regular communications. Additional policies to safeguard public health may be announced if warranted by events,” the university said.
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