Several UW schools switch to online only classes

Published: Mar. 11, 2020 at 3:14 PM CDT
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UW- La Crosse announced Wednesday that they are cancelling classes the week of March 23 and switching to online-only afterwards.

Chancellor Joe Gow held a press conference to inform the public about this decision in what he calls "an unprecedented situation for higher education."

From March 30- April 10 classes will be held online with residence halls still open for students who wish to stay.

All university-related out of state travel is also suspended for the time being, with the exception of athletic games and meets.

UWL had previously cancelled participation in games, however, after hearing from other conference institutions, have decided to allow athletes to participate.

The university is taking these drastic measures to help more than just its students.

"Sometimes I think people think 'well, college students are young and healthy and they're not really a risk group.' Be that as it may, we still are very concerned about the safety of the members of our campus community. We are equally, maybe even more, concerned about people in the La Crosse community who are in the high risk groups," said Chancellor Joe Gow of UWL.

The university will make a decision by April 6 as to how classes will continue for the remainder of the semester.

At this time, there have been no changes for commencement ceremonies, but Gow says UWL is monitoring the situation.


Several UW schools are switching to online only classes due to the the outbreak of coronavirus.

UW -Madison, UW -Stout, UW -Milwaukee, UW -La Crosse and UW Green Bay have suspended face-to-face classes and are opting in for online only classes.

says they will suspend classes starting Match 23 until at least April 10.

says starting March 23 through April 5, there will be no face to face classes and faculty will use alternate methods of delivery.


says they will be extending their spring break by one week to March 15-29 so that the university can prepare to move the majority of its classes online.

says they have cancelled the week of classes after spring break, March 23-27. All classes will also be held through online formats through Friday, April 10.

says from March 23 through March 28, all classes on campus will be taught via alternative delivery methods.

sent a letter to faculty, staff and students saying they will continue to hold face-to-face classes and labs but will suspend attendance policies. The university says, "If you are sick, do not attend classes".