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    Doug Most is a lifelong journalist and author whose career has spanned newspapers and magazines up and down the East Coast, with stops in Washington, D.C., South Carolina, New Jersey, and Boston. He was named Journalist of the Year while at The Record in Bergen County, N.J., for his coverage of a tragic story about two teens charged with killing their newborn. After a stint at Boston Magazine, he worked for more than a decade at the Boston Globe in various roles, including magazine editor and deputy managing editor/special projects. His 2014 nonfiction book, The Race Underground, tells the story of the birth of subways in America and was made into a PBS/American Experience documentary. He has a BA in political communication from George Washington University. Profile

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There are 40 comments on BU Extends Remote Classes through Spring Semester

    1. Now that BU has extended remote teaching and learning through the semester and is closing residences to all but the most exceptional cases, here are the guidelines for students on and off -campus:

      For students who are not on campus, we advise the following— – please do not return to campus. Your belongings are secure in your room and can remain there. We will be in touch shortly to organize a conversation about shipping or storage at our cost.

      For students on campus and moving out, we advise the following— – please take only those essential belongings that you need and can easily carry with you when you depart. Your remaining items are secure in your room, and, we will be in touch shortly to organize a conversation about shipping or storage at our cost.

      On-campus students who are moving out also have the option to work with our partner, The UPS Store, if they wish to box, store, or ship their possessions prior to departure. Find details of that option are here. [https://packstoreship.com/school/2?view=school&layout=detail]

      For students awaiting a response to their appeal to remain on campus, the University will respond within 24 hours.

  1. How can we get our belongings out of a dorm such as warren when there are 100s of kids in close quarters?? Are you having kids come on specific days? When do we have until as we don’t want to fly right now

    1. Now that BU has extended remote teaching and learning through the semester and is closing residences to all but the most exceptional cases, here are the guidelines for students on and off -campus:

      For students who are not on campus, we advise the following— – please do not return to campus. Your belongings are secure in your room and can remain there. We will be in touch shortly to organize a conversation about shipping or storage at our cost.

      For students on campus and moving out, we advise the following— – please take only those essential belongings that you need and can easily carry with you when you depart. Your remaining items are secure in your room, and, we will be in touch shortly to organize a conversation about shipping or storage at our cost.

      On-campus students who are moving out also have the option to work with our partner, The UPS Store, if they wish to box, store, or ship their possessions prior to departure. Find details of that option are here. [https://packstoreship.com/school/2?view=school&layout=detail]

      For students awaiting a response to their appeal to remain on campus, the University will respond within 24 hours.

  2. The students have to be online for classes all day during the week days Wednesday through Friday this week. Then you want all of them to come back and move out by Sunday? That likely would mean crowds of people flying and driving to Boston and being on campus this weekend. This isn’t a good time to be traveling or staying in a hotel either. Why can’t the time to move stuff out be extended through the semester? You don’t need to let students live there but getting everyone to move things out by Sunday under the current circumstances seems like a bad idea.

    1. Now that BU has extended remote teaching and learning through the semester and is closing residences to all but the most exceptional cases, here are the guidelines for students on and off -campus:

      For students who are not on campus, we advise the following— – please do not return to campus. Your belongings are secure in your room and can remain there. We will be in touch shortly to organize a conversation about shipping or storage at our cost.

      For students on campus and moving out, we advise the following— – please take only those essential belongings that you need and can easily carry with you when you depart. Your remaining items are secure in your room, and, we will be in touch shortly to organize a conversation about shipping or storage at our cost.

      On-campus students who are moving out also have the option to work with our partner, The UPS Store, if they wish to box, store, or ship their possessions prior to departure. Find details of that option are here. [https://packstoreship.com/school/2?view=school&layout=detail]

      For students awaiting a response to their appeal to remain on campus, the University will respond within 24 hours.

  3. I wish we had these answers now,you’ve got many families out of state that can rest easy with the unknown. 12-24 isn’t nice. We’re in California and not sure whether to book a flight tonight For this weekend or not? Not thrilled about having to fly to Boston to pack up our kids.

    1. Now that BU has extended remote teaching and learning through the semester and is closing residences to all but the most exceptional cases, here are the guidelines for students on and off -campus:

      For students who are not on campus, we advise the following— – please do not return to campus. Your belongings are secure in your room and can remain there. We will be in touch shortly to organize a conversation about shipping or storage at our cost.

      For students on campus and moving out, we advise the following— – please take only those essential belongings that you need and can easily carry with you when you depart. Your remaining items are secure in your room, and, we will be in touch shortly to organize a conversation about shipping or storage at our cost.

      On-campus students who are moving out also have the option to work with our partner, The UPS Store, if they wish to box, store, or ship their possessions prior to departure. Find details of that option are here. [https://packstoreship.com/school/2?view=school&layout=detail]

      For students awaiting a response to their appeal to remain on campus, the University will respond within 24 hours.

  4. Massachusetts Governor Baker has restricted gatherings of more than 10 people. The Boston Globe headline as of 10:53 p.m. tonight is “Hospitalizations for coronavirus escalate in Greater Boston.” It is impossible to move thousands of kids out of high-rise dorms and keep them safely six feet apart. This is an extremely unsafe idea. Please rethink this.

    1. Now that BU has extended remote teaching and learning through the semester and is closing residences to all but the most exceptional cases, here are the guidelines for students on and off -campus:

      For students who are not on campus, we advise the following— – please do not return to campus. Your belongings are secure in your room and can remain there. We will be in touch shortly to organize a conversation about shipping or storage at our cost.

      For students on campus and moving out, we advise the following— – please take only those essential belongings that you need and can easily carry with you when you depart. Your remaining items are secure in your room, and, we will be in touch shortly to organize a conversation about shipping or storage at our cost.

      On-campus students who are moving out also have the option to work with our partner, The UPS Store, if they wish to box, store, or ship their possessions prior to departure. Find details of that option are here. [https://packstoreship.com/school/2?view=school&layout=detail]

      For students awaiting a response to their appeal to remain on campus, the University will respond within 24 hours.

  5. Quite frankly I am tired of these vague interpretations of the President’s input on staff working remotely. The last memo he distributed made staff feel as if they were being told to work remotely, but Deans had a different interpretation from the Provost. Despite the clear statement of “managers please make arrangements for your staff to work from home”, why do I have a feeling that somehow, staff will STILL be expected to work from the office? Please have faith that employees who work remotely will still give the university their all to get their work done and serve the students. We all chose to work in academia for a reason. The last thing we staff need is for the statement “all administrative offices are operating either remotely, or on campus if necessary” to be interpreted as all of the staff needing to risk exposure.

    1. Agree wholeheartedly. Everyone should be sent home as soon as possible. Read the Imperial College report on Covid-19. Nothing less than a suppression strategy, NOT mitigation, will get us through this. The university has been making tardy decisions and dealing in half-measures and they need to understand that they are pushing unnecessary risks on their staff, their faculty, their students, and all the people around them.

  6. My son only brought a suitcase and books, thinking he would be returning around 4-13. We live in Texas and can’t get back there to take care of it. I’m working from home and he’s taking his courses online from here (in Dallas, Texas) I’m stressed thinking about it.

    1. Now that BU has extended remote teaching and learning through the semester and is closing residences to all but the most exceptional cases, here are the guidelines for students on and off -campus:

      For students who are not on campus, we advise the following— – please do not return to campus. Your belongings are secure in your room and can remain there. We will be in touch shortly to organize a conversation about shipping or storage at our cost.

      For students on campus and moving out, we advise the following— – please take only those essential belongings that you need and can easily carry with you when you depart. Your remaining items are secure in your room, and, we will be in touch shortly to organize a conversation about shipping or storage at our cost.

      On-campus students who are moving out also have the option to work with our partner, The UPS Store, if they wish to box, store, or ship their possessions prior to departure. Find details of that option are here. [https://packstoreship.com/school/2?view=school&layout=detail]

      For students awaiting a response to their appeal to remain on campus, the University will respond within 24 hours.

  7. Can someone please let me know where the letter to parents was posted. I have not received anything in my email. All I have is the announcement forwarded by my son.

  8. We do not live in US and my son cannot travel to Boston to pack his things left in The dorm room. What arrangement BU has made for the storage n packing of things left in the room?
    Plus what is a decision on the refund of boarding n dining ?
    Many thanks.

    1. Now that BU has extended remote teaching and learning through the semester and is closing residences to all but the most exceptional cases, here are the guidelines for students on and off -campus:

      For students who are not on campus, we advise the following— – please do not return to campus. Your belongings are secure in your room and can remain there. We will be in touch shortly to organize a conversation about shipping or storage at our cost.

      For students on campus and moving out, we advise the following— – please take only those essential belongings that you need and can easily carry with you when you depart. Your remaining items are secure in your room, and, we will be in touch shortly to organize a conversation about shipping or storage at our cost.

      On-campus students who are moving out also have the option to work with our partner, The UPS Store, if they wish to box, store, or ship their possessions prior to departure. Find details of that option are here. [https://packstoreship.com/school/2?view=school&layout=detail]

      For students awaiting a response to their appeal to remain on campus, the University will respond within 24 hours.

  9. Will BU postpone classes until next week? Many students are concerned about how they will have to pack up, be in class, and move back home if they are currently on campus in 5 days. In addition, other schools cancelled school for at least a couple of days after making the announcement for their students to leave campus

  10. Are the students (graduates and undergraduates) who paid for in-person class time getting a prorated refund since the classes are now online classes? Honestly, I think that he should consider this as well since a lot of us did not pay for online classes, and the experience is entirely different for students.

  11. I have absolutely no idea how BU thinks it’s a good idea for hundreds possibly even thousands of students from all over the country/world to come back to BU’s close quarters all on the same weekend to move out. This decision contradicts everything we have all been trying NOT to do. It is unsafe and very ill-planned. I’m disappointed in the school’s abrupt approach to the situation.

    1. As mentioned several times above, the University can pack and store students’ belongings until such time as the students can retrieve them. The approach is abrupt because in these unprecedented times, EVERYTHING is abrupt. For example, here in New Orleans (which is a hospitality mecca), all restaurants, taverns, and non-essential shops were ordered close on less than 48 hours notice. Tremendous unemployment on less than two days’ notice. Sadly, these are the times we live in due to The Thing. Pray for those students on campus living in the U.S. who will have no choice but to fly home during this time of contagion. Pray also for their older parents who may be more susceptible to the implications of this horrible virus. Of the four that died from it in NOLA, two were in their 50s. Blessings on us all.

    2. Now that BU has extended remote teaching and learning through the semester and is closing residences to all but the most exceptional cases, here are the guidelines for students on and off -campus:

      For students who are not on campus, we advise the following— – please do not return to campus. Your belongings are secure in your room and can remain there. We will be in touch shortly to organize a conversation about shipping or storage at our cost.

      For students on campus and moving out, we advise the following— – please take only those essential belongings that you need and can easily carry with you when you depart. Your remaining items are secure in your room, and, we will be in touch shortly to organize a conversation about shipping or storage at our cost.

      On-campus students who are moving out also have the option to work with our partner, The UPS Store, if they wish to box, store, or ship their possessions prior to departure. Find details of that option are here. [https://packstoreship.com/school/2?view=school&layout=detail]

      For students awaiting a response to their appeal to remain on campus, the University will respond within 24 hours.

  12. My undergrad student (a senior) lives off campus, and we are in Seattle, the epi-center of virus in the US. What is BU recommending for its hundreds of off-campus residents? Have the cities of Boston/Brookline/Alston even talked about this issue? It’s not just BU students…Berklee, BC, Emerson, etc.

  13. I just don’t understand why we can’t leave our belongings in the dorm room until it becomes safer to return. It’s not like that are getting used currently. It’s negligent to assume that we would be able to return or that it’s safe to return. You preach about your concern for our safety, but this just makes it seem like to you don’t care about us at all. There are students that live with people that are at risk and you want them to just come to campus and risk getting infected? Whoever made this decision is completely selfish and not thinking about the effects on us students or society. With how quickly we received the email I know this wasn’t discussed with the people it’s actually affecting. It was a small group that made a decision for the majority, and it doesn’t consider their health I safety at all. They have failed us.

  14. Yes, because it’s brilliant to have thousands of parents descend on campus to crowd buildings and elevators to rush students away from their homes when those students had already been practicing safe social isolation. Absolutely genius to force students to travel far distances and potentially spread a virus to at-risk family members instead of staying put in a mostly isolated room. Make us take classes online? Sure. Evict us from our homes with 5 days notice in an effort that’s only likely to spread this disease? Not so much. This stings even worse as a senior. Thanks BU!

  15. As a parent, I have received no communication from BU. I have had my child check her student account and both parent’s email addresses are listed. Neither of us have received an email, USPS letter, carrier pigeon contact or smoke signal message. My only information is through this online publication, which I just stumbled upon last week looking for information. BU is sure quick to take my money and cash my check, but their communications to parents is laughable. I am going to suggest my child find another institution to complete her undergraduate degree. They had other offers from other universities/colleges.

  16. As a matter of record, I nor my husband have received any emails or information from BU directly. I have had to seek out information or rely on my son communicating, which thankfully he does well.
    The information provided thus far is vague at best. I want BU to understand that they have contributed to more fear and panic among their students and parents during already stressful circumstances. BU told students not to return to campus DURING spring break. Great decision. Now you want students who are trying to negotiate online classes which is stressful enough to worry about how their belongings are going to be packed up and stored. They or their families have a choice to trust someone to pack up their things AFTER they have filled out forms etc (which by the way is also stressful for these kids) or return to pack up themselves. So during the worst moment in all of this to possibly expose themselves and then therefore possibly infect their families to this virus, those are their choices. I do not understand where the thought is BU? What harm is there in having their belongings stay in place for 3 weeks and then have a slow move out with dates given to each student so only a certain number in each dorm is there at a given time. Come on people at the top making these decisions. You can do better!

  17. How about graduate students? Are they still expected to conduct researches while still staying in Boston? It would be nice if the BU has guidelines for everybody.

  18. My son has online classes till Friday so we can only go to Boston to pick up his stuff on Saturday including packages from the mailroom which conviently close on the weekend. Please advise us how we can do.

  19. The communication sent to students this morning from Housing is yet adding further confusion to the expectations of students moving out by Sunday. If they had addressed items as Dean Elmore indicated they would, then great, but they did not. Please send a further communication clarifying the scenarios and expectations. My student did not return to campus following Spring Break as advised, leaving behind a room full of belongings. Filling out an application for personal belongings storage and being told to mail the room key is not enough. We need much more info, and why mail the key without knowing all the steps? Housing has got to do better, much much better detailing the scenarios and all steps to resolution.

  20. If we were allowed to leave our stuff there until April 14th when we were going to return what is the rush of us getting our stuff out now? Can we get a few extra weeks to wait until things calm down to retrieve our belongings without having strangers pack our things? We are already stressed enough I don’t think we need to tack on another thing when we can wait.

    1. Now that BU has extended remote teaching and learning through the semester and is closing residences to all but the most exceptional cases, here are the guidelines for students on and off -campus:

      For students who are not on campus, we advise the following— – please do not return to campus. Your belongings are secure in your room and can remain there. We will be in touch shortly to organize a conversation about shipping or storage at our cost.

      For students on campus and moving out, we advise the following— – please take only those essential belongings that you need and can easily carry with you when you depart. Your remaining items are secure in your room, and, we will be in touch shortly to organize a conversation about shipping or storage at our cost.

      On-campus students who are moving out also have the option to work with our partner, The UPS Store, if they wish to box, store, or ship their possessions prior to departure. Find details of that option are here. [https://packstoreship.com/school/2?view=school&layout=detail]

      For students awaiting a response to their appeal to remain on campus, the University will respond within 24 hours.

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