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Madison Pfeifer is the News and Managing Editor for The Beacon. She is a communication studies major and Spanish minor. Originally from Happy Valley, Oregon, Maddie will graduate in the Spring of 2020.

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Everything you've been wondering since classes went online

In the midst of uncertainty and adjustment for students, The Beacon has compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for University of Portland students who are learning to navigate remote learning and adjusting to life away from campus.

The University of Portland has moved to essential personnel status after the loved one of an employee who works in Waldschmidt Hall may have been exposed to COVID-19.

University of Portland put on essential personnel status after possible COVID-19 exposure to employee’s loved one

A “loved one” of a University of Portland employee who works in Waldschmidt may have been exposed to COVID-19 according to University President Fr. Mark Poorman. He made the announcement via an email sent to all faculty and staff shortly before 10 a.m. when he also called for the University to move to “essential personnel status” across all of campus which means most UP employees will work remotely.

Students pack their belongings and their aspirations as they leave spring semester behind.

Your campus is shutting down. Now what?

As students rush to move out of their dorms and adjust to online learning, The Beacon has compiled a list of resources including storage space, grocery shopping and more for students adjusting to remote learning.

The University of Portland Residence Life has asked all students currently living in the dorms to move out. Unless students receive special approval from Residence Life, students must move out by 12:00 p.m. on March 17. The image above is from 2019-20 move-in day.

Office of Residence Life closes down residence halls

Students living on campus have to leave their residence halls by Tuesday, March 17 unless they have a specific reason that receives approval, according to an email sent to all resident students from Director of Residence Life Andrew Weingarten. The email comes after University President Fr. Mark Poorman’s announcement that the school was suspending in-person classes. 

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COVID-19 Updates: What we know

The University of Portland has announced that all in-person classes will move online starting March 18. The Beacon will be posting updates surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak here. 

University President Fr. Mark Poorman announced March 12 that the school would be suspending all on-campus classes.

University suspends on-campus classes

University President Fr. Mark Poorman announced Thursday morning that the school would be suspending all face-to-face classes starting March 16. There will be no classes Monday, March 16 or Tuesday, March 17 to allow faculty time to prepare for online instruction. Starting March 18, all courses will be held online until further notice.

Maddie Pfeifer, Beacon News and Managing Editor.

STAFF OPINION: I don't have to choose.

I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to ask me “So, what are you?” and you shouldn’t assume my race. Yes, I’m “ethnically ambiguous,” but you don’t need to point that out because, for me, that devalues what I actually am and reduces it to my “confusing” skin color and facial features.

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