Austin Peay State University lends MiFi tablets and laptops to students without computers or internet access.
APSU has moved everything personally Spring and summer courses online only due to the coronavirus outbreak and want to make sure students have end-of-school access.
Montgomery County has seen two deaths from COVID-19. There were 65 confirmed cases in the county as of Tuesday, according to the latest data from the Tennessee Department of Health.
The WLAN routers act as mobile WLAN hotspots and are free of charge for APSU students. The number of tablets on loan is limited and the school will initially provide 20 tablets.
Students who do not have access or live in a rural area with restricted access can check out a tablet in the lobby of the university’s Woodward Library, according to a press release.
Woodwards’ lobby is open Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. General access to the library, with the exception of the front lobby, is closed for the remainder of the spring semester.
On April 7, a student and an APSU employee both tested positive for COVID-19 and students are asked to practice social distancing in the library.
“The university’s MiFi tablets now offer students the opportunity to continue their studies at the APSU,” the statement said.
If a student lives more than 60 miles from campus or cannot get to the library, they can email them to request a router at 931-221-7582.
Laptop loan program
The APSU also offers a laptop loan program to cater to students without computer access on a first come, first served basis. According to the press release, there are still a limited number of computers available. To request a laptop, current students should use the Distance learning services on the APSU website.
The loan of routers and computers will expire at the end of the spring semester. If a student also has summer courses they can extend their loan.
Students must present an APSU student ID, valid driver’s license, government issued ID card, or passport to attend, according to the notice. Students will be notified by email when their laptop is ready to be picked up from the library.
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