ST. BONAVENTURE, NY— Some students have been heading home since University President Dennis DePerro announced in an email Friday that in-class instruction would be suspended and that all classes would be moved online Wednesday through March 27.
March 30 remains the scheduled day for resumption of classroom instruction. Meanwhile, the university remains open and students have an option to stay on campus.
Students who have gone home or plan to do so said they might have a hard time focusing on classes when they move online.
“It feels like it’s a school break again,” Kate Montemalo, a senior political science major, said. “I’m already figuring out how to combine a work schedule with classes because I don’t work when I am normally at school. It will be hard to remember to check my e-mails while I am home.”
Jack Steger, a sophomore marketing major, said. “I think that going online will definitely be a major adjustment for myself as well as other students. I will most likely have to set a time for myself to sit down and do my work with little to no distractions. I guess we will just have to see how it goes.”
Though they chose to go home, both Steger and Montemalo plan to return to campus if in-person instruction resumes.
“Due to the fact that Bonaventure has so much of my heart, I don’t even think it will be a question that I will return to campus upon classes resuming,” Steger said. “Obviously if the Coronavirus situation continues to become worse, then I might have to rethink… But as of now I will for sure be returning to campus.”
Montemalo said she will return to campus if classes resume because she believes absences could count against attendance policies.
Students who are staying on campus said they also might have a hard time focusing on classwork as well as on social distancing.
“My attention span will not be good for online classes, especially with the thought of the coronavirus,” Jerrod Gates,a junior management major, said. “For me, social distancing is the hardest part. It’s important though because it will slow down the spread of the virus and hopefully get it in control. The entire world is at shock right now, and most of us have never experienced anything like this.”
Allison Monroe, a junior health and society major, agreed.
”I personally don’t think I’ll be able to concentrate on classes,” Monroe said. “I think that I’m going to be focused on and too worried about the Coronavirus. No one knows what’s really happening, and we are just sitting around waiting, constantly anxious. Although I don’t plan on leaving campus. If they start in person classes too soon, I will only go to my mandatory ones. It’s a little hard imagining everyone comes back to campus, and classes just pick up again.”
She added, “I have a late assignment right now I need to be doing. At this point it’s kinda like why even do it. Horrible mentality, but it’s how I’m feeling.”
DePerro said that though the university hopes to resume in-class instruction on March 30, he will meet regularly with senior management to evaluate the situation to determine if an extension is necessary.
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