All IU campuses have canceled in-person classes for the two weeks after spring break due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a Tuesday afternoon statement from President Michael McRobbie. Classes will take place online, and face-to-face teaching is set to resume April 6.
The university is encouraging students to travel to their permanent homes away from campus if possible, but IU campuses, residence halls and dining halls will remain open.
The university is looking into how to accommodate classroom activities that typically require in-person interaction, and more information will be available later, according to the statement. Students are expected to complete their online coursework from home.
“It is now necessary to take further urgent, proactive steps to help keep the IU community safe,” the statement reads. “These measures will undoubtedly cause inconvenience and disruption, yet the risks of not acting now far outweigh the foreseeable inconvenience and challenges of these actions.”
The Ohio State University was the first of the Big Ten Schools to cancel in-person classes, and many Ivy League schools were quick to follow as coronavirus continues to spread quickly across the east coast. More than half a million students have been affected by cancelations across the country, according to NPR.
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