Last Updated: March 21, 2020, 10:53 pm

Classes move online amid Coronavirus outbreak


A bottle of hand sanitizer sits on a table as Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Health Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris and Director of Elder Affairs Sandy Federico meet with the lunch crowd at the Hungry Hill Senior Center to discuss concerns over the Coronavirus. Utah universities, including Dixie State University, are moving all courses online in light of the outbreak. Photo courtesy of TNS.

Dixie State University is moving all lecture-based classes online starting on March 23 due to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus, or COVID-19.

According to DSU’s coronavirus information page, hands-on classes, such as clinicals and labs, will receive specific instructions from their instructors via Canvas/Dmail accounts. If your professor has not reached out to you by March 23, you are advised to reach out to them directly. 

Final exams will be taking place remotely and with specific instructions from your professors. 

All campus facilities and services, such as the Writing Center and the Academic Performance Center, will email open for student needs. 

Additionally, all non-essential DSU sponsored travel is canceled through July 31, and all large-scale events are canceled through the end of the semester.

“Our students are our No. 1 priority,” said Harris Simmons, chair of the board of regents.

According to an email from president Richard “Biff” Williams, DSU staff members are encouraged to work remotely through April 5. As of now, Williams said the plan is for faculty to return after that date. 

As of now, commencement on May 1 has been postponed, but DSU will monitor the situation closely. For updates, visit 

Other celebratory banquets have also been postponed until further notice.

DSU athletic events, including travel, conference and non-conference spring events and practices have also been canceled, 

Housing will continue to allow students to live in their dorms until the end of the semester.

“I have been encouraged by the way the campus community has come together, supported one another, and proven that the Dixie Spirit is alive and well,” Williams said in an email sent March 19. “I cannot overstate my appreciation for your commitment to helping ease the worried of our students and each other.”

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