Updated with Video: YSU Halts In-Person Classes for Rest of Spring Semester

UPDATE: YSU President Jim Tressel delivered a video message of students and the community Saturday afternoon. “You can be sure the YSU family is here for you, he said.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — In an email to students and employees, Youngstown State University President Jim Tressel announced late Friday that the university would remotely deliver the remainder of its spring semester classes.

Based on estimates that the coronavirus pandemic would likely peak between mid-April and mid-May, Tressel said face-to-face classes will not be held for the rest of the spring semester. Instead, classes will be offered via alternative delivery methods that YSU is developing so students can still finish the semester.

Earlier this week, the university announced it had extended spring break through March 22. The remote classes will commence March 23.

“Minimizing the number of students on campus for the rest of the semester is a proactive step designed to prevent the spread of the disease and keep the campus community and region safe,” Tressel said in the email. “The university is currently establishing a fair and equitable way to offer refunds/credits for University House students in Cafaro, Lyden, Kilcawley, Wick and Weller. Please know that students who need to stay in housing will be accommodated. Additional information and move out instructions will follow via email for all students in these facilities.”

Academic administrators, department chairs and faculty are working to develop the remote coursework, according to the email. YSU will continue to answer students’ questions via email, social media and its Coronavirus Information website.

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Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.