Coronavirus / COVID-19 Response
This page was updated on April 3, 10:26 a.m. (EDT).
Old Dominion University is working to safeguard the health of our community, following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health.
Here are the steps we are taking:
All in-person classes have moved online for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester.
For Spring 2020 classes only, exceptions have been made for some academic policies to help our students manage their education alongside other life changes due to COVID-19. Click here for a summary of these academic policy updates.
All in-person classes (all sessions) in the Summer 2020 semester are moving online.
ODU offers the following sessions during Summer semester:
- Maymester (May 12 – 29)
- Summer Session 1 (May 18 – June 27)
- Summer Session 2 (June 29 – August 8)
- Summer Session 3 (May 18 – August 7)
ODU offices are open, either virtually or physically.
Many offices and departments are now holding appointments online. Faculty and staff have been asked to telework for the rest of the Spring semester and through the Summer sessions.
We will update students, faculty and staff regularly about any changes to our operating status.
- A central page about ODU's response to the pandemic is at odu.edu/covid19.
- In addition, updates to ODU’s operating status will be posted through the ODU Alerts System, on the University's website, and sent through ODU email to students, faculty and staff.
My class is already online. What does this mean for me?
If your class had any exams which required a proctor, those requirements may change. Please check your ODU email and Blackboard class announcements for updates from your professor.
My class wasn't online. How will I know what to do?
Your instructors will decide how to conduct class online and contact you with this information. Check your ODU student email regularly for updates.
We know this change will be challenging for our students as well as our faculty. Moving class online will affect how you connect with your classmates and your instructor, and it may change how you submit homework or take exams.
Faculty teaching "live" online courses through Zoom or other technologies have been asked to record their lectures and make them available in Blackboard to accommodate students unable to attend the live sessions. If you are unable to attend the live streaming course lectures, you should review the archived lectures in a timely manner.
Because this change is happening quickly, it won't be perfect -- expect updates and adjustments from your instructors as everyone adapts.