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Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Board of Governors announced Monday that all Florida universities will move to remote learning for the remainder of the semester, including the University of West Florida.
Most universities, including UWF, were already doing remote classes through March 29, but that will now be extended the entire semester.
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All students living in university housing are encouraged to return to permanent home residences or a non-campus alternative housing arrangement for the remainder of the semester, if possible. UWF officials said they will continue to accommodate those with extenuating circumstances and work with students who are unable to return home during this time period on an individual basis.
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On Saturday, UWF told students that they needed to evacuate the dorms for two weeks. As of Monday morning, about 240 students remained on campus.
UWF extended its two-week remote campus to include all non-essential employees, with the majority of staff working from home. A decision has not yet been made in regards to whether remote work will continue.
The university also announced that the traditional in-person spring 2020 commencement ceremony has been canceled.