Southeast Mo. State University classes at Poplar Bluff canceled through March 16

Three Rivers College experienced a network disruption that canceled classes

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (KFVS) - Due to ongoing network issues at Three Rivers College, Southeast Missouri State University classes at the Poplar Bluff site are canceled through March 16.

According to Southeast, this is at the Poplar Bluff delivery site only.

They wanted to remind students that ITV links to courses will continue to be sent to students via email. They encourage students to interact with their faculty members directly for the courses that they are enrolled in.

Students are also welcome to attend alternate versions of their ITV courses at Kennett, Sikeston or the Cape Girardeau campus, if they choose.

Students who have difficulty accessing ITV links should contact Pauletta Burns at pburns@semo.edu to discuss options.

Southeast Missouri State University reminded students that its spring break is scheduled for March 16-20, so classes will not meet at Three Rivers that week as well.

According to Teresa Johnson, Director of Communications with Three River College, the college was investigating with a third party computer specialist to determine the full nature and scope of the event.

“These type of cases are very complex," said Detective Danny Hicks with the Poplar Bluff Police Department.

According to Detective Hicks, the department passes cyber attack cases along to their federal partners.

“We’re hands off. We don’t have the capabilities locally to decipher what was the cause for the attack," he said.

Johnson said, as of right now, there is no evidence of actual or attempted misuse of personal information during this event.

The college is working diligently to restore impacted systems and investigate the problem.

College leaders said the computer network is impacted, which is also affecting their phones.

“We appreciate the continued support and patience of our college community as we continue to investigate this event,” said Johnson.

The college originally closed through Feb. 28, while the college investigated the incident.

“We’re just kind of sitting ducks waiting for everything to change," said Three Rivers College student Brennan Keifer.

According to Keifer, students cannot access Blackboard, a system to get homework and grades.

“Blackboard keeps us updated on our grades and if we have to go to class. It keeps us in touch with our teachers, and with that being down, with that being down we can’t really do anything," said Keifer.

Nursing and Allied Health programs in Poplar Bluff and Sikeston will continue to meet this week, with the exception of any scheduled HESI examinations.

The March 1 Nursing program deadline will be extended. A new date will be announced later.

All NLN-PAX exams were canceled for the week and additional testing dates will be announced.

The Construction Job Fair on Wednesday and Thursday will continue as scheduled.

Announcements will be posted on the Three Rivers College Facebook page as they become available.

“These type of attacks can happen to anybody. If you open a wrong email attachment, something that’s been affected, it can expose your entire network system," said Detective Hicks.

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