DeWitt, NY – LeMoyne College will begin spring semester next week with distance education as coronavirus cases increase and the omicron variant continues to spread.
The college announced on Sunday its decision to go remotely for the first two weeks of the semester, January 18-28.
The college noted one exception: Classes in the Physician Assistant’s Curriculum, along with MBA classes, will begin on Monday in person, as originally scheduled. All the other courses that were to start on Monday will be held virtually.
Most classes, however, will begin Jan. 18 and meet “synchronously via Zoom at their normally scheduled meeting times,” according to the college’s website.
Students can return to housing on campus this Friday.
The college library, recreation center, campus center and restaurants, health and wellness center, and chapel are also open on Fridays for all undergraduate and graduate students in residence and in suburb.
All classes will return in person on January 31, with the exception of classes originally scheduled virtually for the semester, including some continuing education and graduate courses.
LeMoyne College requires that all students eligible to receive a booster injection do so before the start of the semester or when eligible according to their immunization schedule.
Onondaga County has seen a steady increase in new cases of Covid-19. County executive Ryan McMahon reported 2,422 new cases on Saturday, breaking Friday’s one-day record of 2,230. Friday’s total number of cases surpassed the previous record of 2,087 set on Thursday. .
Other colleges and universities, including Syracuse University, are also affected by the rise in Covid cases.
SU is delaying the start of the spring semester by a week due to a surge in Covid-19 cases. Classes will start on January 24 instead of January 18.
Oswego State University College will also begin the spring semester on January 24.