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FPU announces this semester will finish online

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Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/25/2020 4:26:46 PM

Franklin Pierce University students are going to finish their school years online, FPU President Kim Mooney announced Wednesday.

In a video message posted on the Franklin Pierce University website on Wednesday morning, Mooney said initial plans for students to return to campus in early April were no longer feasible.

“The return to in-person instruction on April 6 is simply no longer an option, given the guidance of the [Center for Disease Control] and state and federal officials. We will continue with remote learning and instruction throughout the remainder of the term and semester,” Mooney said. “Graduate students have already transitioned online, and undergraduates will hear from their faculty with detailed directions about how to begin that process starting on Monday, March 30, as planned.”

Mooney acknowledged this decision raised many additional questions for students, including how they would access belongings left on campus, whether they would receive credit for room and board payments, and whether the campus will hold its commencement ceremony at the end of the year. Mooney said the university is currently working on those issues, and plans to make further announcements as decisions are reached.

“Students, I know you are concerned about your return to campus and your academic progress. And our decisions are being made in the best interests of your safety and well-being and the safety and well being of those around you – around all of us,” Mooney said.

Mooney thanked students and faculty for their willingness to switch to an online model, and expressed regret that the campus could not return to business as usual.

“While the COVID-19 public health circumstances continue to change rapidly, one thing remains constant. And it is an unwelcome reality. The most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19, and hopefully prevent its arrival at Franklin Pierce, are time and social distancing,” Mooney said. “At a time when we most need one another’s personal reassurances, daily hugs and laughter, we are being asked to remain apart so we can ultimately come back together in the community we cherish, Raven Nation.”


Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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