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Universities in Florida work to transition all courses online

Posted at 6:25 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 18:25:04-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Both Florida State University and Florida A&M University canceled in-person classes for the rest of the spring semester.

This came after the board of governors recommended students not return for face-to-face classes on Tuesday. Last week, the universities announced they were suspending in-person classes through the end of March.

Keeping students off campus will impact graduations and majors like nursing wherein students have a required number of clinical hours they must complete.

President Larry Robinson says this year things will be done differently.

"So we're going to continue instruction we're looking at an alternative mode for offering commencement," said Robinson. "We will not do it in a traditional mode this year, but for those students who maintain their progress through the distance learning mechanism and remote mechanism that we're developing, they'll be just fine."

For students who have no other housing options, residence halls and dining services will remain open. Students will be contacted by the universities to schedule times to pick up thier belongings.

Both FAMU and FSU will have more information on this later in the week.