On March 5, 2020, the Department of Education issued a memo providing guidance for interruptions of study relating to coronavirus (COVID-19). The memo helps to address concerns expressed by higher education leaders on how they should comply with Title IV, Higher Education Act (HEA) policies for students whose activities are impacted by the COVID-19 either directly or indirectly.
Within the memo, there are five potential student and campus scenarios addressed and how the institution may address these scenarios and comply with Title IV, HEA requirements if there is an impact on the students or campus relating to the coronavirus.
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Potential Student and Campus Scenarios Impacted by COVID-19
Below are the five potential student and campus scenarios that were addressed in the memo:
Potential Solutions to Impacted Student Activities by COVID-19
The Department of Education’s primary goal is to work with educational institutions to find ways to accommodate students and allow them to continue their educational experience, despite the interruption of COVID-19.
Specifically, the memo focuses on the need to utilize online education to extend educational experiences for students. Online education can be a great aid for students who were recalled from a travel-abroad program or arrived in a foreign country only to have their program temporarily cancelled or suspended.
In order to do this, the Department of Education has offered the following flexibility:
What to Do in the Wake of COVID-19
The ideas and solutions outlined are a brief overview of the Department of Education’s memo in relation to COVID-19. To see the full details of the announcement, make sure to read the memo in its entirety here.
For any decisions taken by the institution, it should be well documented, including those situations described in the Department of Education memo. Additional information can be found at the Department of Education’s Coronavirus website.
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