On March 12, Carthage College announced we would extend our spring break for one week (March 16-20) and move to virtual instruction beginning on Monday, March 23. At the time, it was our hope that we could resume in-person classes on Tuesday, April 14.
However, based on the latest directives from public health authorities, and our overriding determination to protect the campus community, we’ve made the difficult decision to continue remote instruction for the rest of the spring semester. Carthage will not resume in-person classes for the spring semester as planned.
Remote teaching and learning will begin on Monday, March 23, and will continue through final exams, May 18-20. We plan to resume in-person instruction, residential living, and our full range of campus activities in the fall.
Unfortunately, these unique circumstances have also forced us to halt plans for an in-person Commencement celebration in May. We are already considering creative ways to mark Commencement in May, and hope that our seniors will send us ideas as well. We look forward to scheduling an in-person celebration later this year for our May 2020 graduates.
Our first and highest priorities remain educating our students in the best way possible, and promoting the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.
More information about this change, including details about housing and room and board refunds, can be found on this website:
Many states including Wisconsin have extended their “stay at home” orders, and federal social distancing guidelines have been extended to April 30. For this reason, we are pushing back our mandatory move-out to May 1-3 and are offering optional move-out dates April 14-17.
With the move to remote teaching, work-at-home, and social distancing, we rely on technology more than ever. In recent days, some systems — notably Schoology — have experienced outages that can disrupt class activities.
We know that our students, families, and employees have many questions as we move to virtual instruction and respond to this rapidly changing situation.