University of Virginia moving classes online amid coronavirus concerns

Online classes will begin on Thursday, March 19

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University of Virginia (WSLS)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia announced it is moving its classes online for at least the next few weeks.

The university plans to reassess its decision after April 5, at the earliest, and periodically after that date.

Currently, the university is on spring break and online classes will begin on Thursday, March 19.

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Students who are away on Spring Break are encouraged to return home or to remain home if they are already there. Anyone who needs to return briefly to collect crucial belongings, such as computers or books, will be permitted to do so, and details about how to do so will be forthcoming.

Those on grounds in Charlottesville are strongly encouraged to return home by this weekend.

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Moving forward, university events with more than 100 people are prohibited for the foreseeable future and should be postponed, cancelled, or offered virtually.

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