What Central Virginia universities are doing amid the coronavirus outbreak

What Central Virginia universities are doing amid the coronavirus outbreak
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - As the outbreak of coronavirus continues to spread, universities around the state, including Central Virginia, are moving classes online.

Here is a look at what each individual institution is doing:

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University is extending spring break by a week and moving classes to be taught online when the semester starts again.

VCU says the Monroe Park Campus will add the additional week of March 16-20. Students are encouraged to return home and remain there if possible.

“For students who must remain on campus, information about availability of on-campus housing will be forthcoming,” VCU said.

When the semester resumes on March 23, classes will be taught remotely for the ‘foreseeable future.’

Clinical placements will proceed as planned.

University events involving more than 100 people will also be canceled, effective immediately.

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University of Richmond

The University of Richmond is suspending classes March 16-20 and students currently away for spring break are asked not to return to campus.

Faculty worked to transition learning to online instruction, which will begin on March 23 and last the remainder of the year.

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Virginia State University

VSU is in the process of transitioning all classes online.

Residence halls will be closed for the rest of the semester starting on March 17.

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Virginia Union University

Spring break will be extended through March 21 for students, while faculty and staff are to report on March 16 to prepare for online courses.

Remote courses will begin on Monday, March 23.

All sporting events have been postponed until further notice and all events have been canceled during the month of March.

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Reynolds Community College

Spring break is set to go on as planned the week of March 16-21, but starting on March 23, most instruction will move to online through at least April 4.

“Effective immediately, college events with more than 50 people are cancelled through April 4. For smaller events, consider rescheduling or online options if possible, and please take every precaution to prevent the spread of infection,” officials said.

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