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University moves to online semester

University moves to online semester - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Community member walking at Texas A&M University-San Antonio during the extended spring break on March 17, 2020. The university has decided to complete the semester with all online classes to promote social distancing. Photo by Victoria Martinez

Students, faculty and staff at Texas A&M University-San Antonio will finish the spring semester online due to COVID-19 health precautions. 

University President Cynthia Teniente-Matson said the decision to go online was made after local and national officials declared social distancing practices should continue for the next eight weeks. 

“Our focus, my focus, has been on the health and safety of Texas A&M-San Antonio and our students,” Matson said in an interview March 18 in her office.

The announcement was made March 17 in an email from Mari Fuentes-Martin, vice president of Student Success and Engagement.  

“First, a decision was made yesterday to deliver ALL courses online for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester,” Fuentes-Martin said. “This decision was not made lightly, and reflects the abundance of caution that we are taking to protect your health and safety.

The email outlined the following university updates: 

  • The campus will remain open so students will have access to resources. 
  • Excluding the Recreational Sports department, all university offices will continue to serve students. 
  • The April 4 Ring Ceremony is canceled, but “may be rescheduled for a later date.” 
  • The university is considering postponing spring commencement and will update the campus on a final decision this week.

Matson said the university received guidance from the A&M System, though the decision was left ultimately to individual campuses. 

“It is completely a campus decision, but we want to make sure we’re leading and guiding in a way that is safe and healthy and consistent with what everyone else is doing in the community,” Matson said. 

Online classes begin Monday, March 23.

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Brigid Cooley
Brigid Cooley
Brigid Cooley is a senior Communications major at Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Editor-in-Chief at the Mesquite. Brigid received her associate of arts from Northwest Vista Community College in December of 2018. In her free time, she can be found performing original poetry and acting on stages around San Antonio. She is the founder of Page-to-Stage Theatre Co., an inter-generational theater group she hopes to turn into a non-profit organization.

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