TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Parents of many Arizona State University students are wondering whether the coronavirus-related changes on campus will mean a refund of some or all of students' tuition.
Arizona's Family reached out to ASU with that question. A university spokesman told us that no, tuition would not be refunded because the university has continued to operate at "full capacity delivered in a different mode."
On Monday, ASU announced that all classes would be going online until the end of the spring semester.
ASU president Michael Crow tweeted the announcement Monday.
ASU says that the university is continuing to provide "the high-quality education people expect in order to keep students on track for continued progress and graduation."
The spokesman also tells us that even if some students choose to move out of their dorms, the campus still remains "open and fully operational," so tuition and refund policies will "remain unchanged."
The full statement is below:
Given the broad societal disruption caused by the coronavirus COVID-19, some students and families within the ASU community have inquired about refunds for tuition, housing, meals and/or parking.
While we understand and appreciate the context of these questions, our focus at this time is on the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff as well as on continuing the operations of the university in a manner that, while different, continues to provide the high-quality education people expect in order to keep students on track for continued progress and graduation.
In order to meet that commitment, ASU remains focused on running the university at full capacity delivered in a different mode. ASU continues to provide all of the services we do in normal conditions such as health services and counseling, food service and housing, libraries, research and discovery — the full range of educational resources at a world class university.
Our expenses are not decreasing as we deliver all of our university assets technologically.
While we understand that some students may choose to depart campus while continuing their studies during this national health crisis, the university remains open and fully operational, continuing to support those who remain. Given that, our present tuition and refund policies remain unchanged.
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Arizona State University
The University of Arizona in Tucson also announced it would be switching to online classes. As for the state's other public university, Northern Arizona University, they planned to move to online instruction on March 23. Grand Canyon University, a private school in Phoenix, also plans to move to digital classes on March 23.
Back in January, a person with ties to ASU was named the first coronavirus case in Maricopa County. That patient had recently returned from travel to Wuhan, China. The patient was said to be a member of the Arizona State University community, and lives in Tempe, but does not live in university housing.