Eckerd College announced that resident halls will close for the rest of the semester due to the 2019 coronavirus pandemic.
The Eckerd Alert from President Donald Eastman sent on March 24 at 9:33 a.m. went into plans the college has regarding graduation and how students in Florida can retrieve their belongings, as well as dining and housing refunds.
The on-campus commencement ceremony on May 17 was canceled and, according to the email, Eckerd is working on a way to celebrate graduating students.
Students who stayed in Florida since the evacuation can apply for a time to retrieve their belongings from March 25 to 28, according to the email. Students who traveled out of Florida cannot return to campus for the time being, and the Office of Student Affairs is working on options for those students to retrieve their belongings. The email said more information will be sent out by March 27.
The college will also provide prorated refunds for housing and dining fees, or allow students to apply any credit balance to next-semester charges. More information will be released from the Business Office by April 15, according to the email.
In Pinellas County, 54 cases of the 2019 coronavirus have been confirmed, according to the Florida Department of Health.
On March 12, in an email to students, Eckerd announced dorms would be closed starting at noon on March 18, spring break extended to March 29 and classes moved online on March 30.