As coronavirus concerns rise, colleges and universities across the country cancel classes and more

In Piedmont and around the country, college students and their families were grappling Tuesday night with the news that many U.S. colleges and universities were cancelling in-person classes, and, in some cases, sending students home until the end of March or for an indefinite period of time. Study abroad programs have been cancelled, large conferences and athletics programs are also being affected. The closures come on the heels of — or right before — spring break for many of the institutions.

Close to home, Stanford, San Jose State University, UC Berkeley, and Santa Clara University have all announced they were suspending in-person classes. UCLA announced today that it is suspending in-person classes and offering final exams remotely starting Mar. 11 through April 10. The list continues to grow, with schools like Harvard asking students to “move out of their Houses and First-Year Dorms by Sunday, March 15 in an effort to de-densify our community.” According to a New York Times report, “the Ohio governor on Tuesday recommended that all universities and colleges in the state move online, a change that was already in motion at Ohio State University, the sprawling school based in Columbus that serves 68,000 students.”

On Tuesday, NPR reported that “A growing number of U.S. colleges have canceled in-person classes because of the coronavirus. The closures began in Washington state, and now include Harvard University, Columbia University, Princeton University, Rice University, Stanford University, Hofstra University, University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Washington, among others. As of midday Tuesday, more than half a million students are affected by the cancellations.”

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