Otterbein grapples with wi-fi availability amidst schools move to virtual classroom
How Otterbein has worked to accommodate students in need during the COVID-19 lock-down
With the COVID-19 virus quickly spreading across the United States, K-12 schools and universities across the nation are being forced to close and explore online teaching methods. However, with many students lacking the proper resources to complete online classes, this has become an ongoing issue.
“I’m sure that most kids can go home and be lucky enough to have Wi-Fi and a computer to work from, but I’m not a part of that group,” said Otterbein sophomore health and sport sciences major Jade Morant. “I don’t feel like I’m in a position to be successful, and honestly it’s just not fair to students in my situation.”
“Traveling to a library or another place with Wi-Fi is allowed under the stay at home order. If you have unlimited data on your phone, you can turn it into a hotspot for your computer,” said president of Otterbein University, John Comerford, when asked how students without internet should complete class work. Comerford also recommends that Otterbein students also communicate their issues to the Center for Student Success and their professors.
Otterbein is aiding students by offering virtual assistance through the Academic Support Center, library services, and the Center for Student Success. “For those with phones or computers, an alternative would be to purchase a pay as you go internet connection for about $100; places like Walmart and Target have these options,” said Erin Bender, executive director of The Point. Bender also provided a list of companies who are providing internet for free or at a discounted price during this time including Comcast, Spectrum, and Mediacom.
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Otterbein has also allowed some students under special circumstances to remain at on campus. “I stayed at Otterbein due to the ability to be in an area where I know I could work, where I could still be in school mode,” said third year history and political science major Elijah McCutcheon. “Otterbein gave me an opportunity to keep working in the environment I’m used to and I’m thankful for that.”