ISU extends online-only instruction through end of semester, cancels graduation ceremonies

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Indiana State University has extended online-only instruction through the end of the spring semester and canceled spring graduation ceremonies.

ISU said the moves were to help contain the spread of coronavirus.

“Residence halls will close at noon this Saturday, although exceptions for some students have been, and will be, considered,” an ISU news release on the matter said. “For those who stay, only carry-out meal service will be available. All others, including students currently off campus, will have until noon Saturday to remove personal belongings.”

ISU announced plans last week to have students participate in online work for a few weeks.

ISU President Deborah Curtis said in the release that it was “especially difficult” to cancel graduation ceremonies and said the coronavirus pandemic has made an “unprecedented time” for the school.

“We understand this creates difficulties, and you have a lot of questions,” Curtis said of the decisions to cancel graduation ceremonies and extend the online course work. “Frankly, there are many questions we are still working through, and some of them require forthcoming information from people outside the university.”

ISU said a virtual commencement will be offered, and graduates will be able to participate in the December ceremony.

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