Simpson University Announces Move to Online Classes

REDDING, Calif.–Due to coronavirus concerns, Simpson University announced Friday that all classes will move to an online format through the remainder of the semester. The decision comes one week before spring break for Simpson. Student services will remain open for the rest of the semester.

In addition, the university has cancelled or postponed several large events on campus. Commencement, scheduled for April 25, is still being tentatively planned but under review.

All athletic events have been suspended until further notice.

University mission trips, which included spring and summer travel to Chicago, Mexicali, Mexico, Thailand, Taiwan, and India, have been suspended.

“Our priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff while seeking to maintain academic continuity and be responsible neighbors,” President Norm Hall said. “These are difficult decisions we, along with so many other schools and colleges, are making. We are thankful for the guidance of county public health officials and others working to keep the community safe and informed.”

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of DistinctionSimpson has new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

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