Spring Semester Changes Ahead at Lancaster County Universities

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – With the recent spike in COVID cases, some colleges and universities in Lancaster County are making changes to the spring semester to try to keep omicron at bay.

“We thought doing the first two weeks online would be helpful and returning to regular in-person classes on Monday January 31.stsaid Alan Caniglia, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Franklin and Marshall College.

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Today was the first day back for Franklin & Marshall students – back to virtual learning and very little foot traffic on campus. Officials say the change is only temporary.

“We are committed to the residential education model, in-person learning, close working relationships between students and faculty, and the general residential college experience,” Caniglia said.

F&M is not alone. Elizabethtown University has pushed back its spring semester by a week. Thaddeus Stevens is moving general education classes online, as he did last semester, as an added precaution. Although the students understand the decision, not all of them like it.

“Some people need more hands-on experience whereas some of us can sit behind a computer screen and pack our things and get on with the rest of our day, but otherwise it’s not too bad honestly “said James Wilkerson, a student. at Thaddeus Stevens College.

For now, administrators say the goal is to do what they do best.

“Obviously we want to maintain a safe environment, but it’s also our responsibility to fulfill our mission which is based on this residential model of learning,” Caniglia added.