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Harvard Tells Students to Move Out of Dorms by Sunday Due to Coronavirus

Harvard Tells Students to Move Out of Dorms by Sunday Due to Coronavirus

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

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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Moronic administrators. Chicken$#!* people being paid big money and they can’t work out all the implications of a decision like this.

Item one. The 20-ish population might get sick, but absent severe complicating health issues, they won’t die. On the other hand, going home will likely cause them to infect (if they have been exposed) higher risk family members and possibly communities that haven’t yet seen spread of the disease. Clearly Harvard is far more worried about their “community” than the at-large community globally. (our people are far more important than the people who live wherever you come from)

Item two. International students. Given the general restrictions in international travel, many can’t get home, even if they can afford a ticket home. And if online classes are being broadcast live, those students who have homes on the other side of the planet will have some crazy schedules. And student visas — anybody thought about that?

Item three. Students who are financially independent or have been ostracized from their families. Where do they go?

Item four. Meal and housing plans. Refunds? How soon? Students who rely on meal plans may not have funds to purchase meals.

Item five. Internships and co-ops. If you have no where to live, how do you complete those?

Item six. Research. Undoubtedly many students are engaged in research activities that you just can’t walk away from. I suspect many of those are funded with grants that come with completion and timeliness requirements. Force majeure may not be a clause that can be invoked.


    JusticeDelivered in reply to p1cunnin. | March 12, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    I have been to Harvard to speak to students. I think that adversity builds character, and that most students benefit from character building, especially those at Ivy league schools.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to p1cunnin. | March 12, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    So when are all these universities going to refund the 2/3 to 1/2 of the semester’s costs?

    This is not the product the students bought.

    It’s literally “bait and switch.”

    It’s like an investment swindle!

    It’s like defrauding!

No one except the Left, ever said the Leftists were smart. Harvard admin are just protecting themselves and not wanting to deal with sick students. There is no caring for the students or the communities they are sending potentially sick students back to.

How are you supposed to find an apartment in 4 days? Are there available apartments in Cambridge for that many people?

You only need to get one school to close and to publicize that in order to get the others to fall into line.

Same happens with a forecast of snow in Portland. The second one forecaster says it, all the others rush in lest they be wrong. Of course they are wrong 90% of the time and we get a frost at best. Right now business is off by about 50% at my local mochahut. I suppose I am not helping as I periodically sneeze and blow my nose, which has been my morning routine for the last 4 years. But now I am being glared at as Covid Bob. Good thing this didn’t happen in the Spring when the air is full of pollen. /s

    Geologist in reply to MajorWood. | March 12, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    “Good thing this didn’t happen in the Spring when the air is full of pollen.”

    We’ve had rain in the pat two weeks, and the grasses and weeds came out — with lots of pollen. My annual hay fever has gone wild. I get lots of nasty looks!

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to MajorWood. | March 12, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Glad to meet you Covid Bob.

    It’s said this is nothing more than a new strain of the
    “common cold.”

    I believe it.

    But the Corrupt DEMS and their Lyin’ Media couldn’t panic folks with the normal cold death numbers (among the immunity impaired and elderly mainly) if the tried it with that!

    My neighbor this past week was cutting down cypress trees that separate our properties and they were full of pollen. It was miserable. I canceled a number of meetings I had scheduled because I did not want the glares.

    Sorry to hear your business is down so much. My tin foiled hat self though thinks this is the real intended goal of the panic. It is infuriating. Be sure to support each other when you can.