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Queens University of Charlotte opts for remote instruction in the fall
Virtual learning starting with fall semester
Published Friday, July 31, 2020 4:40 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

Queens University of Charlotte announced Friday it will go to a virtual instruction model starting with the fall semester.

Two of Charlotte’s four colleges have opted for remote learning in the fall.

Queens University of Charlotte President Dan Lugo announced today that the school will move to an entirely virtual semester. Lugo said the school’s leadership, supported by the executive committee of their board of trustees, decided last night to go virtual. They join Johnson C. Smith University, which announced the same decision yesterday. UNC Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College still intend to offer on-campus courses. Queens’s academic calendar will remain the same.

While most Queens students will not live on campus during the fall semester, there are exemptions such as international students who cannot travel home, or nursing students with in-person clinicals at approved locations. Students may fill out an exemption: https://queens-yhcyj.formstack.com/forms/request_to_return_to_campus__fall_2020 Also, the school will not participate in fall sports due to the shift to remote instruction.

“While the implications of this direction certainly present unwanted changes and challenges, the decision has, unfortunately, become an obvious one,” Lugo said in a letter to students and staff. “We have always said we will make decisions with our collective health and safety as our top priority. As we evaluate the current near crisis state of the coronavirus in our region and use the best information accessible to forecast the potential impact of the virus on our community this fall, there is no way to safely introduce thousands of people to our campus and to ensure our safety throughout the fall.”

Lugo outlined three components that led to the decision. One included considering the threat COVID-19 poses to the health and safety of students and employees. Based on the prevalence of the disease in North Carolina and spike in confirmed cases in July, the number of cases and related hospitalizations would not allow for a safe return to campus.

“In summary, our surrounding area's experience with the pandemic has worsened over the last month and is not showing promise for dramatic improvement in the coming month,” Lugo said. “It is also noteworthy that most epidemiologists predict that fall activity for the virus will be worse.”

The second component considered was could the school deliver on what they promised in their Royal Return plan.

As information has evolved on testing, the answer to this important question became a clear ‘no,’” Lugo said. “As you know, our plan for a successful return heavily depended on our ability to test everyone before initial campus entry to prevent the introduction of many COVID cases and to implement a program for weekly randomized testing to quickly identify, contact trace, and isolate asymptomatic cases that develop during the semester.”  

The final component examined how the pandemic would impact the on-campus experience. Queens determined it would alter it to a degree that would not be conducive to the risk of bringing students back. 

While we have been aware that reduced residential density and significantly curtailed in-person activities would change our on-campus student life experience, we have come to learn more information that suggests the in-person and hybrid learning experience will also be compromised,” Lugo said. “About two thirds of our faculty are either teaching fully online due to their elevated risk of COVID complications or have indicated via survey that they would prefer to teach online. What’s more, the significant investment we made in additional classroom technology to enable robust hybrid courses has been delayed from a promised July delivery to October due to COVID-related production and shipping delays.”

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