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Published April 15, 2009, 02:24 PM

FLOOD UPDATE: Valley City State students not returning to campus this semester

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Valley City State University will not have students return to campus for classes the rest of the semester due to the current flooding situation.

By: Staff report, INFORUM

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Valley City State University will not have students return to campus for classes the rest of the semester due to the current flooding situation.

Half of the city has been asked to evacuate by 6 p.m. today. The evacuation includes those in the 500-year-flood plain, which includes much of the VCSU campus. The campus itself is currently dry and safe, but in rough physical condition due to all the surrounding contingency levees, damage to streets from heavy equipment and trucks and security precautions being taken, according to a news release.

The spring semester will end at the originally-scheduled date and grades will be submitted as scheduled, the release said. Commencement is still scheduled for May 16, but may be relocated from Vangstad Auditorium to Osmon Fieldhouse, the release said.

The school has canceled all activities for the remainder of the semester and plans to continue with classes and finish the semester in whatever manner possible using technology, the release said.

“There are simply too many unknowns at this time, and with a two-week expected evacuation we do not have the ability to expect students back on campus,” the release states.

Courses will be delivered via the Internet and the online Blackboard Content Management System beginning Tuesday, the release said.

School officials have asked faculty to be as flexible and creative as possible in finishing the semester with their students. Decisions will be made on a class-by-class basis as some classes are more suited to online delivery than others, the release said.

Students are asked to monitor VCSU email accounts for further updates and to check www.vcsu.edu. Additional information will be forthcoming regarding processes such as registration, book buyback, computer return, financial aid and other student services, the release said.

Residence Hall students should watch their email for another announcement today regarding possessions and plans for checking out of the facilities, the release said.

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