Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro announced late Monday that the school will continue its remote instruction program through all of Spring Quarter.

The school had initially planned to offer classes remotely for only the first three weeks of the quarter and wait until April 17 to announce its plans for the rest of the school year.

But in a message to students and faculty posted on the university’s website, Schapiro said, “The latest guidance from local, state and federal officials makes clear this will not be feasible. Therefore, with heavy hearts, we are announcing that we will maintian the current, remote format for the entirety of Spring Quarter.”

Schapiro says no decision has been made yet about whether graduation events will take place as scheduled in Evanston in mid-June. He said that can only happen “if we are able to provide students, families, faculty and staff a safe environment in which to gather together to celebrate.”

He says the school is working on a plan to return items to students that they may have left in campus housing when they left as the COVID-19 pandemic was spreading.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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