Here Are All the U.S. Universities Suspending In-Person Classes Due to Coronavirus
More than four dozen schools are requiring faculty to teach their classes remotely to avoid large, confined gatherings of people
What began for many schools as a ban on travel to affected areas has since evolved, with many now requiring faculty to teach their lessons remotely through the internet.
The respiratory illness — which began in Wuhan, China in late December and has since spread across the globe —prompted the World Health Organization to declare a public health emergency, the first since the zika epidemic in 2016.
Multiple states, including Ohio and New Jersey, have declared states of emergency amid the outbreak, which has so far killed 31 people in the United States as of Wednesday afternoon, according to The New York Times.
At Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, school President Lawrence Bacow told students that classes will be transitioning to virtual instruction by March 23 — and that students shouldn’t return to campus after the school’s spring break.
Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana also told students they were required to move out of their houses and first-year dorms no later than Sunday, March 15. Some students expressed concerns over making travel arrangements in such a short amount of time, and the school directed them to the Financial Aid Office for assistance.
It remains unclear if students’ room and board will be refunded for the semester. Harvard did not provide further clarification on extenuating circumstances when reached by PEOPLE, though the school’s FAQ page said “a small number of delays or exceptions” would be made in the cases of students who could not move until after March 15.
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, Princeton’s Dean of the College Jill Dolan mandated that faculty start teaching classes remotely until at least April 5, with a possible extension into the end of the semester, and acknowledged that while “students are devastated by this turn of events… it’s just not possible for all of them to stay.”
See below for a list of other schools that have halted in-person classes for the time being as of March 11.
California: There are 178 confirmed cases of coronavirus in California, and so far three people have died.
- San Francisco State
- San Jose State
- Santa Clara University
- Stanford University
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of California, San Diego
- University of California, Santa Cruz
- University of Southern California
- Whittier College
Connecticut: There are two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Connecticut.
- Quinnipiac University
- Sacred Heart University
- University of Bridgeport
- University of New Haven
- Yale University
Florida: There are 23 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Florida, and so far two people have died.
Massachusetts: There are 92 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Massachusetts.
- Amherst College
- Brandeis University
- Boston University
- Harvard University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Maryland: There are nine confirmed cases of coronavirus in Maryland.
Michigan: There are two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan.
Nebraska: There are 18 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Nebraska.
New Jersey: There are 23 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New Jersey, and so far one person has died.
- Kean University
- Monmouth University
- Montclair State University
- Princeton University
- Rutgers University
- Seton Hall University
- Stevens Institute of Technology
- The College of New Jersey
New York: There are 212 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York.
- Barnard College
- Columbia University
- Fordham University
- Hofstra University
- Iona College
- The Julliard School
- Manhattanville College
- Molloy College
- New York University
- Pace University
- St. John’s University
- Syracuse University
- Yeshiva University
North Carolina: There are seven confirmed cases of coronavirus in North Carolina.
Ohio: There are four confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ohio.
- Capital University
- Kent State University
- Ohio State University
- Ohio University
- Ohio Wesleyan University
- Wittenberg University
Pennsylvania: There are 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Pennsylvania.
- Bucknell University
- Duquesne University
- Penn State University
- University of Pittsburgh
- Villanova University
- West Chester University
Tennessee: There are seven confirmed cases of coronavirus in Tennessee.
Texas: There are 31 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Texas.
Virginia: There are nine confirmed cases of coronavirus in Virginia.
Washington: There are 280 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Washington, and so far 24 people have died.