Indiana University announced today that all of its campuses will replace in-person classes with remote learning for two weeks. The school is trying to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The changes start after spring break.
In a statement, IU President Michael McRobbie said that the university “has been actively monitoring the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.” He says that the university is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), along with state and county health departments.
“These decisions are being taken to help mitigate and slow the spread of COVID-19 and to help protect the IU community,” McRobbie added.
As for the cancellation of face-to-face classes, the school plans to implement remote learning for two weeks:
Following our scheduled spring break (March 15 to 22), students on all IU campuses will be taught remotely (not in person) for two weeks (March 23 to April 5). We are planning to resume face-to-face teaching on Monday, April 6. However, that could change with the evolving situation.
As of March 9, the Indiana State Department of Health has reported six cases of coronavirus in the state. To date, none of the cases have been reported on an IU campus. However, IU administration officials say that two students studying abroad “self-reported presumptively positive tests for COVID-19.”