Iowa’s three public universities announced Wednesday they would shift to only online classes beginning March 23 in an effort to keep students and faculty safe from the new coronavirus.
The University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa said they would only offer online classes after students return from next week’s spring break.
The online courses would continue for at least two weeks, with officials reassessing the situation during the week of March 30th.
Some private colleges are making similar moves. The president of Grinnell College has told students they must leave the campus by March 23rd.
Classes will be offered online for the rest of the semester.
Updated 5:23pm 3/11/20
The Board of Regents has asked the administrators of the University of Iowa, Northern Iowa and Iowa State University to move as quickly as possible towards assessing their ability to hold online classes, in the wake of the coronavirus cases in Iowa.
A statement from the Regents’ office says it is important for students, faculty and staff to prepare for this eventuality in this week prior to spring break.
Specific information will be provided by the individual universities no later than 8 a-m on Thursday, March 12th.