As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Indiana, Franklin College has announced that it will extend its transition to distance learning through the remainder of the spring semester, including the week of final exams.
“It is obvious now that the timeline for resolution of the pandemic remains too uncertain for us to leave our students and our faculty up in the air about the academic format for the remainder of the spring semester,” said Franklin College President Kerry Prather. “Therefore, we are announcing today that we will continue delivering the academic program via distance learning through the end of the semester and final exams.”
Prather made it clear in his announcement via a video message that the college was not eliminating the possibility of welcoming the campus community back to campus at some point before the semester ends on Thursday, May 21, but the on-line academic format would continue regardless.
“This decision is intended to provide certainty for the sake of the best possible faculty preparation and continuity for our students,” said Prather. “If conditions change to the extent that we can invite the community back to campus, we will be excited to do so.”
College leadership and its coronavirus task force will continue to monitor information from state and local health officials in determining when it is safe for students and faculty to return to campus.
In the video, Prather also directly addressed the graduating seniors about the status of Commencement scheduled for Saturday, May 23.
“My promise to the Class of 2020 … is that we will do everything possible to ensure you have that special day of celebration,” said Prather, who continued in the video message with praise for students in their patience, persistence and adaptability through the crisis, as well as praise for faculty by saying, “You, too, have countered the stress of this situation by staying focused on what is always your priority—the best interests of our students. You are truly the heroes of this situation. So, too, the professional and support staff who from end to end of the campus have supported our students, collaborated with faculty, and helped make this transition manageable.”
View Prather’s video message in it’s entirety here.
For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.
POSTED Mar 24, 2020