While UND is conducting classes remotely for the remainder of the spring semester, how the campus will handle its summer and fall semesters is still to be determined.

UND announced last week that the campus will be moving to online instruction for the rest of the semester. The university also canceled commencement ceremonies for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as those in the professional schools.

The university will continue to evaluate the situation to determine if summer or fall classes will be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Tuesday, March 24.

Members of UND’s administration, including interim President Joshua Wynne and incoming President Andrew Armacost, spent an hour Tuesday answering student questions on a number of topics, including housing, financial aid and any reimbursements they could expect, given the change in campus experiences.

“Our goal is to make sure that you have the information that you need to go forward,” Armacost said. “We are committed, as a team, to take great care of you and also to make sure that you still get a top-notch education.”

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If students are enrolled and active in their classes during this remote period, Senior Vice Provost Debbie Storrs says students should not see a change in their financial aid. If students seek to adjust a course schedule, Storrs said they should contact their advisers to ensure those changes will not impact their federal financial aid.

Jed Shivers, vice president for finance and operations, said the university is working with the North Dakota University System and the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education to determine if students will be able to receive a refund or credit of some sort for time lost in the residence halls and other expenses, such as meal plans and parking permits. Shivers said while there isn’t an exact date on when that decision will be made, he expects those involved to move relatively quickly.

“I cannot say that we will be able to do this because I don't have the authority to make that decision. But I do think this matter is going to resolve reasonably quickly,” Shivers said.

Since UND is still providing education to students, Shivers said he does not expect there to be a change in tuition costs at this time.

Students looking to pick up their property from the residence halls should coordinate with housing in an effort to reduce exposure. Cara Halgren, vice president for student affairs, said housing staff wants to be flexible for students’ needs. If students need to stay in the residence halls for the rest of the semester or later, they are permitted to do so, but they are asked to keep in communication with housing officials about their plans, Halgren said.

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