Amid COVID-19 concerns, University of Hawai'i classes will be moved online through the spring semester.
UH President David Lassner made the announcement on Wednesday through email, and said that all campuses will remain open for students and employees.
In a press conference on March 12, Lassner said that online classes would only last through April 14. But Gov. David Ige announced on Tuesday that non-essential state employees will work from home, in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus.
Lassner said his decision to extend online classes was in response to Ige's new guidance.
In addition to moving classes online, campus libraries will be closed to the public.
Traditional dining services are also being phased out and replaced with To-Go, Grab-n-Go and Delivery food services.
In the email, Lassner also noted that all non-essential travel, including to neighbor islands, should be canceled. Exceptions will be granted under the authority of a UH officer.
All public events shall be canceled through the end of April as well.
The announcement to move classes online until the remainder of the semester sparked multiple reactions across the UH community.
Junior Adriana Choi voiced her concerns about the transition, especially in regards to group work.
"The first thing that popped into my head is that there is a group project for one of my classes. Like, how is that going to work?" Choi said, "I think my concern is, going online and such, is it going to make classes even harder? If it's online, there's a lot of things you can't do in person."
On Ka Leo's Instagram Story, user "missterrabella" shared her emotions surrounding the announcement.
She writes: "This is my last semester and I am sooooo sad :/"
"trebeh42" is concerned about maintaining academic integrity.
"Tests gonna be cheated rampantly," He writes.
User "dr.beps" approves of this motion. He said, "Absolutely the right thing to do."
On our Instagram page, users have also left comments regarding this change.
"i_inhale_food" writes, "Better safe than sorry."
"oooliviarae" summed up her reactions in a few words: "My thoughts: WOW ; stunned."
"lindsey.bull" asked, "Is there still going to be graduation?"
May 7 is the last day of instruction. Lassner has not made any announcement about UH Mānoa spring commencement, which is expected to be held on May 16.
This story will be updated with more information.