Online learning will continue for the week of Jan. 17 through Jan. 21, according to an email sent by Acting President and Provost Herbert Medina.
This comes one week after UP announced that the first week would be online, and the day before COVID-19 tests will be distributed to the student body.
“Ideally, we would be able to wait until after the completion of all post-arrival testing of students to make this determination,” Medina said in the email. “However, in order to allow for our community to prepare for another week of remote learning, we feel that making this announcement today is prudent.”
This decision was made after talking with the Academic Senate, the Associated Students of The University of Portland (ASUP) leadership and health professionals on campus. Medina noted that this decision parallels other colleges and universities.
Nearly all students are required to take a COVID-19 test and upload their results before Saturday, Jan. 15. The free COVID-19 self tests can be picked up at the Chiles Center Box Office and Merlo Field Box Office from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., Jan 12 through Jan. 14.
“The online learning measures we have implemented to start the academic term are temporary and we have no intention of continuing widespread online learning any longer than necessary,” Medina said.
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