By Casey DiBari and Madison Raffone – Opinion Editor & Copy Editor
On March 12, President Michael Alexander announced via email Lasell University has taken action against COVID- 19. All undergraduate classes will be moved online for the remainder of the semester, while a few residence halls and dining facilities will remain open.
“As the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) continues to evolve, our dedicated task force meets daily, making decisions based on the most up-to-date information available, and with the safety, health and well-being of our community the number one priority,” said President Alexander via email.
Ever since schools across the nation have shut down in response to COVID-19, Lasell has done what they can to accommodate the needs of students and workers on and off campus, while letting them know what is going on.
“I feel like the shut down of the school was communicated pretty well,” said senior Dani Rhodes. “They notified us that school will be online now and we could stay if we wanted to.”
On March 20, the news of commencement was released and the event was originally set to be online. After a flood of emails and online petitions from students, the administration decided graduation exercises will be moved to a future date that is to be determined.
“Please know that in every decision made since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have done our best to take into account the concerns and wishes of students, faculty, staff, Lasell Village residents, and even our neighbors.” said President Alexander via email, adding they are following directions from federal and state officials.
Through most of the planning of what’s been going on with Lasell through the pandemic, President Alexander and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Planning Group, consisting of Provost Jim Ostrow, Director of Health Services Richard Arnold, Director of Communications Ian Meropol, and others, have been sure to keep students informed and updated with major decisions made. As President Alexander said in an update video, “the Lasell community has only come together more in this time of social distancing.”