Miami University suspending all face-to-face classes

Miami University suspending all face-to-face classes
Ohio and Northern Kentucky universities are responding to the spread of coronavirus by canceling in-person classes. (Source: WXIX)

OXFORD, Ohio (FOX19) - Miami University is officially suspending all face-to-face classes beginning March 11.

That reportedly includes all lectures, discussion sections, seminars and “other classroom settings,” the university said in an update issued published on the school’s website Tuesday afternoon.

The university is evaluating laboratory, studio and performance classes. Residence halls, dining halls and all campus services will remain open.

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Courses will be delivered by remote instruction through at least April 12.

The university says it has set up a call center at 513.529.9000 staffed from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

President Gregory Crawford said in a letter the university does not have confirmed cases of coronavirus. The decision to cancel face-to-face classes, he added, was made in light of Governor DeWine’s announcement and advice from the Ohio Department of Health to limit large gatherings.

“We recognize these measures may cause disruption to many," he said, "but the risk of not acting outweighs the disruption.”

Crawford said students will have the option of staying on campus or returning to their permanent place of residence. If they decide to stay on campus appropriate social distancing and enhanced preventative public health and hygiene measures will be actively encouraged.

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