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UI Suspends In Person Courses For Spring Semester; Asks Students To Move Home

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

URBANA – In the latest effort to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 disease, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign says it will suspend face-to-face instruction for the rest of the spring 2020 semester. Also, students in residence halls and Greek housing are being asked to begin to move out. The university wants students to return to their permanent home address to take the rest of their classes online.

The details were spelled out in an email to students, faculty and staff on Monday afternoon from Robert J. Jones, Chancellor of U of I Urbana-Champaign.

Jones stressed that the residence halls are not being closed. The university will work with students who cannot leave. He also said the U of I is not closing or ceasing operations. 

Last week, the university said it would migrate to online courses by March 23, the Monday after Spring Break. 

U of I suspended school-sponsored events with more than 50 attendees.  It also prohibited university-sponsored international travel and non-essential domestic travel until further notice.

Information regarding the Spring 2020 commencement will be released later, according to the email.

Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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