All USM schools shifting to online classes for rest of semester, no in-person commencement ceremonies

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Posted at 7:39 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 19:53:27-04

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — All University System of Maryland schools will shift to online instruction for the rest of the semester due to the coronavirus, the Board of Regents announced Thursday night.

USM schools will also not be holding traditional, in-person commencement ceremonies.

In a statement, the chancellor said in part:

It is, indeed, our decision that all undergraduate face-to-face instruction will shift to remote instruction for the rest of the semester. It will be up to presidents, provosts, deans, and department heads to work out detailed plans that allow students to complete their work and to fulfill all of their requirements. I believe this is important not only for our institutions but for our students themselves, who should be assured that they did the work—and successfully demonstrated the knowledge and skills—that their courses required.

It’s appropriate that each university’s leaders determine what the rest of their semester looks like in terms of remote instruction and assessment.

The USM includes the following schools:

  • Bowie State University
  • Coppin State University
  • Frostburg State University
  • Salisbury University
  • Towson University
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
  • University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • University of Maryland Global Campus

For more information from the chancellor, click here.