A few UO classes switched to online, students say

Just 5% of classes will be held remotely, university officials confirmed.

Posted: Sep 14, 2021 7:51 PM
Updated: Sep 14, 2021 9:01 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- While University of Oregon students will be back in the classroom soon for the fall term, some students are noticing a change in their schedules.

Sophomore Lea Hurrle said when she went to check her schedule, she noticed one of her classes that was supposed to be in-person is now online. She told KEZI after having all her classes online last year, she was hoping for all in-person classes this time around.

According to Hurrle, when she registered for classes back in the spring, her statistics class was listed as in-person with the date and time to be announced. She said she wasn't notified about the change.

"I went and I looked and it had been switched to online, along with my popular songwriting class," Hurrle said. "So they will be completely remote like they were last year."

University officials told KEZI they have not changed plans for the fall term and said things will look similar to before the pandemic. Classes will be in-person, and only 5% will be taught online, officials added. 

"They have this plan that it's going to be fine and everything is going to be normal again, and then something is going to happen, and we are all just going to be shoved back into the rooms, and everything is going to go back to online," Hurrle said. "I'm really worried that that's going to happen."

When students registered, the online classes were clearly marked, according to the university. However, they added that for every term there may be a small number of cases where they have to change a course before a term begins.

KEZI spoke to senior Blake Nelson, who said his professor emailed him last week saying their class is now remote. But he said he doesn't mind.

"I think as an employee of a university, you shouldn't be forced to put your neck on the line, or your safety on the line, just for the comfortability of your students," Nelson said. "I feel like your safety should also be considered as an employee just as well as the safety of other students."

Nelson said he just wants to get through this school year safely and will comply with any changes.

Fall term starts Sept. 27.

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