SOU starting new school year with remote learning

ASHLAND, Ore. — Southern Oregon University is starting its year off with remote instruction, due to the ongoing spread of COVID-19. We’re told, SOU will be remote until October 12th.

It says it’s the first public university in the state, to make this decision. This comes as COVID-19 cases continue to impact the region’s hospitals. SOU says another factor, is the low vaccination rate in the county.

“We feel that the few weeks remote, students have had some experience with being remote, we feel it is the best interest right now for safety and security,” Neil Woolf, VP of enrollment Mgmt. & Student Affairs.

Woolf says the decision wasn’t made lightly, but it’s necessary.

As soon as hospitalization numbers and capacity drops, it will transition back to in-person instruction.

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