Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the University has assured students that they will provide teaching and credit assessment online should students be unable to return after Spring Break, which will begin Monday 16 of March and end Sunday 29 March.
The information comes following the increased spread of the global Covid-19 pandemic. A case of coronavirus was also confirmed in St Andrews on Friday after a student fell ill upon their return from Switzerland.
Considering many students’ plans to travel or return home during the break, a question was submitted through the University’s Coronavirus FAQs section on their website which asked “If I don’t want to return to St Andrews after Spring Break, is that OK? Can I complete my studies this term remotely?”
The University’s response read “Yes. If you are unable to return or do not want to return after Spring Break, we will provide teaching and assessment for online credit. You will be able to be taught, hand in assignments, be assessed and examined for credit online. Further details of this will be made available to all students in the near future.”
In terms of the resources required should remote learning take place, it is clear that communication devices such as laptops and phones are key. However, the details of how remote learning will be carried out in practical terms, particularly for students who require University resources such as labs, computer software, or library materials, are yet to be explained and will be communicated by the University when they are in place.