Marshall University has announced it is suspending classes next week in response to the potential spread of coronavirus.
In a news release issued Wednesday, president Jerome Gilbert announced Marshall University will suspend in-person classes during the week of March 16 through 20. Online courses will continue as scheduled.
“Our task force of senior leadership and subject matter experts are conferring around the clock, focused on our university’s preparations and response. We have been monitoring developments closely and providing regular updates as the rapidly changing situation evolves,” Gilbert said. “We have no greater responsibility than the safety and security of our university community and the community at large.”
The week of suspended classes will be followed by a week of a scheduled spring break.
Beginning March 30, all class instruction will be delivered non-face-to-face.
Marshall University officials say they anticipate normal academic operations to resume April 13 or when they’ve determined it is safe to resume in-person instruction.
Students who elect to stay on campus will have access to residence halls and food service.
Officials say the university will remain open and operational, with employees expected to report to work.