June 6, 2020

Residence halls to close Sunday, online learning to continue throughout semester

Traditional residence halls will close this Sunday, March 22 at 5 p.m. and classes will continue online for the rest of the semester, according to an email sent to the campus community just before 1 p.m. Monday.

The email, sent by Denise Russell, director of publications and marketing for the university, stated that these decisions were based on guidance from the Franklin County Public Health Department and due to a recent positive COVID-19 test from a Bexley resident.

Cotterman, Lohman Complex, Saylor-Ackermann, and Schaaf will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22. The email stated that there would be some leniency for students in “extenuating circumstances” to stay on campus.

“We understand that for some students the University is their primary home,” Russell stated in the email. 

Russell explained via email interview that students in university apartments and houses are not required to move out, but are still encouraged to return to permanent residences if possible.

Along with extending online learning and closing residence halls, university faculty and staff will begin to work remotely “as timing and roles permit,” and campus buildings will transition to keycard access only at 6 p.m. today.

Are you affected by the closure of traditional residence halls or other COVID-19-related changes? Email us at chimes@capital.edu.

  • Heather Barr is the current Editor-In-Chief of The Chimes and a senior at Capital University, studying Journalism and Professional Writing. hbarr@capital.edu

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