Resumption of classes on UMHB campus now ‘unlikely’

The resumption of spring semester classes on the campus of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is now unlikely, the school said Tuesday. (UMHB photo/file)
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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) In light of the shelter in place order Bell County issued Monday, the resumption of spring semester classes on the campus of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is now unlikely, the school said Tuesday.

“Our hope has been to reunite with our students in person on April 6. However, with the continuing pandemic challenges nationwide and with this most recent directive by our local health officials, bringing students back to campus for face-to-face instruction is now unlikely,” the university said in a message to faculty, staff and students.

“We also recognize that it would be even more disruptive for our students and faculty to transition back to face-to-face instruction in the final days of the semester.”

The school will continue providing online instruction for the remainder of the semester to its 4,000 students.

Student housing will remain closed except to a limited number of residential students and the school is working on a plan to allow those who are not now on campus to move out.

UMHB will provided prorated refunds for the period of time room and board were unavailable.

Townsend Memorial Library will provide computer access to UMHB students who remain in campus housing.

Students will have the option of changing undergraduate courses from the traditional A,B,C,D,F grading system to credit/not credit.

No decision has been made about spring commencement.