Thursday afternoon NC State made it official: due to clusters of COVID-19 cases on campus, the university will move to fully online classes for its undergraduates, starting next Monday, Aug. 24.
In the school’s release, Chancellor Randy Woodson stated that around 500 students are currently in quarantine and isolation. Most of those students remain off campus and have either tested positive for COVID-19 or were in contact with someone who tested positive.
Back on Monday this week, UNC-Chapel Hill announced a similar decision: online courses.
On-campus housing will not close at NC State. Several other campus facilities will remain open as well: NC State Libraries, Talley Student Union and campus dining. Additionally, Student Health Services and the Counseling Center will provide services, too.
Graduate-level programs remain in hybrid or in-person formats.
Not long after the school’s decision, though, NC State’s Athletics Department released a statement saying that it plans to still compete in fall sports, including football. NC State football started fall training camp two weeks ago.
A statement from NC State Athletics: pic.twitter.com/O06NmhPv1G
— NC State Athletics (@PackAthletics) August 20, 2020