Many students are probably stunned by this development, especially given the short notice.

CBS News in Boston reports:

Harvard Tells Students To Move Out By Sunday Due To Coronavirus, Classes Moving Online

Harvard University is telling students to move out of their dorms by Sunday at 5 p.m. due to the spread of coronavirus. The school plans to move classes online starting March 23.

“The goal of these changes is to minimize the need to gather in large groups and spend prolonged time in close proximity with each other in spaces such as classrooms, dining halls, and residential buildings,” Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said in a message to students.

Students were set to begin their spring break on Saturday; now they’re being told not to come back.

“There are a lot of classes that involve labs that you really can’t replicate online. The sports teams are all devastated,” Harvard sophomore James Casey said. “It’s more than just the classes. It’s a lot of different things kind of all just coming to an end right at once.”

Harvard’s campus will remain open with “appropriate measures to protect the health of the community.” But the school is strongly discouraging any non-essential meetings or events of 25 people or more.

“To our students, especially those of you graduating this year, I know that this is not how you expected your time at Harvard to end,” Bacow wrote. “We are doing this not just to protect you but also to protect other members of or community who may be more vulnerable to this disease than you are.”


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