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Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the majority of Hopkins affiliates left campus and returned home. Despite courses recommencing — and with it the familiarity of homework, quizzes and midterms — current life for Hopkins students is anything but normal.
The Student Government Association (SGA) endorsed a letter calling on University President Ronald J. Daniels and Board of Trustees Chair Louis J. Forster to remit 25 percent of students’ spring 2020 tuition at their weekly meeting on March 31. SGA also discussed how it will continue operating in the wake of the cancellation of in-person classes and heard a presentation from a group of graduate students on issues with the Student Conduct Code violation adjudication process.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued an order this morning directing all Maryland residents to stay in their residences beginning at 8 p.m. tonight. This order also closed all non-essential businesses — including senior centers, restaurants and bars, fitness centers, theaters and malls — to the public.
On March 19, the University recommended that all undergraduate students consider moving back to their permanent address due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This followed an earlier announcement that students would not be allowed to remain in on-campus housing after March 15.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Sunil Kumar announced in an email to the student body that the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences (KSAS) and Whiting School of Engineering (WSE) will adopt a universal satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grading system this semester.
By Wednesday, March 25, only six undergraduate participants in Spring 2020 abroad programs remained abroad. Five of those students had chosen to do so. The sixth was junior Ally Bartell, who until the morning of March 25 had been stranded in Peru with her study abroad program.
Hopkins began its first week of remote instruction on Monday after cancelling all in-person classes for the spring semester due to COVID-19. For those who now live in different time zones, the transition to online classes has been especially challenging.
The Student Government Association (SGA) discussed potential changes to grading amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak at their meeting on Tuesday, March 24. Open to the student body, the meeting was held on Zoom, an online conference call platform.
University President Ronald J. Daniels announced in an email to the student body on Wednesday, March 18 that in-person classes and University events are suspended through the rest of the spring semester due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This year’s commencement, he added, will be held virtually.
Following the University’s announcement that students would not be allowed to remain in on-campus housing past March 15 amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, The News-Letter interviewed residential students about their transition to off-campus housing.
Hopkins released its admissions decisions for the Regular Decision (RD) applicant pool on Friday afternoon. Out of 27,256 applicants, the University admitted 1,922 students to the Class of 2024, making the RD acceptance rate just over seven percent. Last year’s acceptance rate for RD admissions was 7.7 percent. Students that choose to attend will join 682 students admitted during the Early Decision cycle.
All residential students must leave campus by 5 p.m. on March 15. Vice Provost for Student Affairs Alanna Shanahan emailed all students who live in University housing by Friday instructing them to vacate residential buildings. The email stated that there would be certain exceptions for those “who cannot return home due to international travel restrictions, financial hardship or other extraordinary circumstances.”
The Committee on Student Elections (CSE) announced the results of the Student Government Association (SGA) executive board elections on Friday, March 13. Three out of four members of the Focus Forward ticket and one independent candidate won seats, beating out the other candidates.
Approximately 35 graduate students attempted to deliver a petition, drafted by members of the JHU Sit-in, to the Office of the Board of Trustees in Garland Hall on Wednesday. Among other demands, the petitioners called on the Board of Trustees to pressure University President Ronald J. Daniels to fire Director of Student Conduct Dana Broadnax and issue a moratorium on student conduct proceedings related to protest activity.
Founder of Baltimore Ceasefire 365 Erricka Bridgeford gave a guest lecture at Professor Philip Leaf’s community-based learning course, Health and Wellbeing in Baltimore: A Public Health Perspective on Tuesday.
The Student Voter Empowerment Act, a bill introduced in the Maryland State Senate designed to encourage university students to register and turn-out to vote, failed to pass out of committee on Feb. 28.
Amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, University President Ronald J. Daniels announced in an email to the student body on March 10 that as of March 11, Hopkins is canceling in-person classes through at least April 12. Following spring break, the University will transition to remote instruction for all undergraduate courses.
The Student Government Association (SGA) met on Tuesday for its weekly meeting after he University’s decision to suspend in-person classes until at least April 12 due to coronavirus.
Once in-person classes resume at Homewood, on or after April 12, the Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSE), in conjunction with the Office of Student Health and Well-Being and the Counseling Center, will continue to provide mental health services in Brody Learning Commons.
The Female Leaders of Color (FLOC) and Men of Color Hopkins Alliance (MOCHA) held the Men and Women of Color Symposium last Saturday, March 7, in Charles Commons. The event was designed to provide an environment for people of color to share a professional networking space, while creating a conversation about issues concerning race and gender.