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Online learners still not going to class at DMACC

The Des Moines Area Community College experienced a cyber attack on its systems a week ago.

DES MOINES, Iowa — In-person classes at the Des Moines Area Community College resumed Wednesday, but a week after a cyberattack on the school, students with online-only classes still aren't going to class. 

The latest update from the community college was posted Thursday night. 

Virtual classes will not be resuming Friday due to "continuing network limitations" caused by a cyberattack. The attack left campuses empty for four days before students and faculty were allowed back into the classroom on Wednesday.

Several students who Local 5 spoke to said they were frustrated. 

"We can access the assignments but we can't access the materials so you're basically just doing it blind. You're just guessing," said second-semester student Brenna Vauble. 

Heather Lau was supposed to begin her first semester at DMACC this month with an online class. She said she was ready to learn.

"I was like, yay, I'm a student," said Lau. "Or maybe not."

Lau said she's concerned if her online class doesn't start soon, the learning will be accelerated or cut short, leaving her feeling anxious about her future classes.

"I don't want any refunds, I wanted an education," said Lau.

President Rob Denson said they had to shut down parts of the campus network to assess the situation and resecure the network. 

"Our IT Department and outside cyber experts have been working around the clock to get full service restored and determine what, if any, data was compromised," Denson said in the statement. "We have also contacted the FBI and they have joined the investigation. To date, we have no evidence that any student or faculty information has been acquired or is at risk as a result of this incident."

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