QUINCY -- Quincy University announced Wednesday that all classes will continue in their current online format for the remainder of the spring semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, all Quincy University courses for the summer will be offered exclusively online.
QU residence halls and the cafeteria will remain open for the spring for those students remaining on campus, or those who wish to return to campus before the end of the semester.
QU officials said the campus facilities team will continue the deep cleaning and sanitizing of university buildings, using cleaning products approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"We care deeply for our students, and we are eager for them to return to campus ... unfortunately, conditions across the country and around the world will make it hard for some students to come back to Quincy in April or early May, no matter what is happening in Quincy or Illinois," QU President Brian McGee said. "We pray for the health and safety of all members of the Quincy University community. It will be exciting when we return to campus in August for the fall semester."
Campus services will continue to operate during the current semester, with most employees working remotely. During this time, email is the preferred form of contact. The university will reopen to the public when advised to do so by state officials.
"Our QU students, faculty, and staff have done amazing work in quickly transitioning to exclusively online instruction," McGee said. "With their dedication and commitment, we will have a strong finish to the semester."
The university is currently studying options for May commencement. Graduating seniors are being surveyed to learn when and in what ways they would like to be celebrated should the ceremony need to be postponed.
"We will always give students the rigorous, transformational education they deserve and which brought them to Quincy University," said Delmer Mitchell, chair of the QU Board of Trustees. "The board of trustees and I have great admiration for the remarkable work of the faculty and staff, completed under very challenging conditions, to move swiftly to online education and to support our students and families. Our commitment to success by design for every student continues."