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Coronavirus: Massachusetts universities and colleges continue to respond

By Danny Priest
@dpriest3

With concerns over coronavirus continuing to spread rapidly, multiple colleges in Massachusetts have closed their campus and moved classes to online.

Some schools have made the decision to close for the entire semester, while others have opted to shut down for a specific number of weeks before moving forward.

The following is a list of schools who have announced their intention to close down or alter the way they conduct classes:

Amherst College – Campus will be closed to students for the remainder of the semester. Remote learning to begin on Monday, March 23.

Babson College – Transition to remote class by March 13 and continue for the remainder of the semester. Students are required to move out of on campus housing by March 21.

Boston University – In-person classes are cancelled through Monday, April 13. Remote learning will occur beginning on Monday, March 16.

Emerson College – Campus will remain open through the semester, but classes will move to remote style by March 23.

Harvard University – In-person classes are cancelled indefinitely. Remote learning is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 23 and continue until further notice.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – In-person classes are cancelled for the week of March 16-20. Remote learning will begin on Monday, March 30 and continue for the remainder of the semester.

Mount Holyoke College – Students are required to move out by March 20. Remote classes will begin on March 30.

Smith College – Remote learning will begin on March 30 and is expected to continue through the rest of the semester. Students should move out by Friday, March 20.

Springfield College – Spring break is extended an extra week until March 29. Classes will resume on March 30, either online or remotely in a decision to be made later.

Tufts University – Students are required to move out of residence halls by March 16. Remote classes will begin on March 25.

University of Massachusetts – Remote classes will begin on March 16 and continue through April 3 to give the University time to assess the situation.

*This list will continue to be updated as available*

Photos Courtesy of Daily Hampshire Gazette

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