The University of Notre Dame has canceled classes – both in-person and online – for the week of March 15. In addition, the university is suspending in-person classes until “at least April 13.”
No cases of coronavirus have been reported on campus, although the university says that “the probability that it will spread to our region is high.” As such, they are looking to proactively prevent the spread of the disease.
Yesterday, Indiana University announced that – following spring break – IUSB and other IU campuses are suspending in-person classes. Conventions across the country, including SXSW and E3, have also been canceled. Earlier today, Chicago delayed its St. Patrick’s Day Parade and river dyeing.
Here is part of the statement from Notre Dame’s president, Rev. John Jenkins:
Beginning Monday, March 23 and continuing through at least April 13, all in-person classes will be suspended, to be replaced with virtual instruction and other alternative learning options. Furthermore, there will be no classes in any format the week of March 15 to allow faculty time to make the adjustment to on-line instruction.
In addition, all University-sponsored study abroad programs are being suspended, with our students and U.S.-based faculty and staff being returned home safely and as soon as possible.
As spring break concludes, students are strongly encouraged to stay or return home rather than return to campus. Beginning at noon on Tuesday, March 17, the undergraduate residence halls will be open only to students who receive approval to remain on campus. For those who must be on campus, the University will remain open and provide essential services. Erin Hoffmann Harding, our Vice President for Student Affairs, will send an email soon with further details about available student services, student support and care, and housing.