Illinois State University has resorted to online classes for the spring and summer semesters this year, but it might just be the same for fall as well.
Universities around the world have closed in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. At first, it seemed like it would only last for one semester, but that may change.
Depending on how long this quarantine is needed, the fall semester will be much like the second half of ISU’s spring semester. ISU Director of Media Relations Eric Jome said while Illinois State started planning early once the pandemic broke out, it will still affect the fall semester.
“We started planning for this in January when this was mostly overseas, and it has certainly been the center of our planning for this semester as well as the summer semester. It will definitely influence our planning for next semester,” Jome said.
The school will likely take the same approach to classes as they are right now if ISU were to close. Jome went on to say that ISU will go through some changes should it stay open.
“We’re planning for multiple outcomes this next fall. The best-case scenario is if in-person classes open back up and students return to campus,” Jome said. “However, that will have some changes involving deep cleaning and social distancing.”
Not all of ISU’s classes can easily transition toward online courses such as recreational classes that one would have to take in person. Those are going to have even more significant changes in the future. If this best-case scenario were to happen, Jome said that they would be done differently than before.
While not nearly as important as their health, some ISU students may not have the college experience they would otherwise have had. ISU junior Ashley Crandall is having mixed feelings about this predicament, considering she is a student with some health concerns.
“I have epilepsy and anxiety and I don’t know if I would exactly be comfortable coming back in the fall with all of this going on," Crandall said, "but I am going to miss talking to people my age and having a place of my own."
The future is still uncertain for ISU’s fall semester but no matter the case, COVID-19’s effects are still on the horizon.