Centre cancels sports, will move classes online in April

Published 6:31 pm Friday, March 13, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused Centre College to cancel all athletic competitions for the remainder of the school year. Centre is also limiting public events, including Norton Center performances.

But, according to a letter sent to all students faculty and staff, President John Roush wrote that all regular classes will be held next week. 

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Spring break, originally scheduled from March 21 to March 29, will be extended for a second week. 

Faculty will begin online instruction on April 6, which will continue until the end of the academic term. The last day of classes will remain May 12 and final exams will take place May 14-20.

“Painful as this is, we believe it is the most conscientious decision we can make at the present moment to protect the health and safety of our campus community and still work to meet our obligation to provide the best academic experience for our students,” Roush wrote.

Campus food management company, Sodexo, has eliminated self-serve stations and staff will plate all food in the dining hall.

Students participating in the study abroad programs in London and Strasbourg are returning home, “with an expectation to complete their learning goals in some appropriate fashion,” the letter stated.

“In addition, all non-essential travel for students, faculty and staff is strongly discouraged to protect the health and well-being of our campus community.”

Roush wrote, “Having made this decision, I remind all of us that everything involved with the COVID-19 pandemic is very fluid. As such, things may change, requiring patience and flexibility every step of the way.”