Universities switching to online classes leaves some students scrambling to find housing

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 19:23:05-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A number of schools in the area are canceling in-person classes and moving to an online format. Many students are confused as to how this is going to work.

One of those students is Savannah Parriott. It's been a hectic week for the sophomore at Belmont University. Parriott says she had to move out of Russell Hall and will be forced to take online classes. Belmont University is extending its spring break through March 22 in response to global concerns around COVID-19 and won't plan to have in-person classes until April 6th.

"I was really glad they addressed that because some students had questions it just all came abrupt," Parriott said, "A lot of students have a lot of questions."

Parriott says the school has not gone into details on how online classes will work which concerns her. As an audio engineering major, online classes may not suffice.

"I do have one audio class which is a lab so I don't know how that will work because it's very hands on and we have to use the equipment, it will be a little complicated," said Parriott.

Dozens of schools across Tennessee are following suit. At TSU, online classes start Monday but students are allowed to stay on campus. Trevecca Nazarene University will extend its Spring Break and move to online-only classes until March 30.

For students forced to move out, they're interested in learning how reimbursements will work. At Vanderbilt University, students have to move out of the dorms by Sunday. Students say for now, they're just taking it day by day. Both Belmont and Vanderbilt University have said they will evaluate on-campus housing and dining fees. Right now their first priority is student safety.