Continuing Coverage: Maryland universities suspending in-person classes

Posted at 5:59 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 18:09:09-04

MARYLAND — Several universities in Maryland are making changes on campus due to coronavirus concerns, some even switching to teaching online.

The University System of Maryland is urging all Maryland state colleges to keep their students off-campus for at least two weeks after spring break. During those two weeks or longer, they should be prepared to teach remotely.

The USM includes the following schools:

  • Bowie State University
  • Coppin State University
  • Frostburg State University
  • Salisbury University
  • Towson University
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
  • University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • University of Maryland Global Campus

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Towson University is canceling all university classes for the rest of the week starting Wednesday on all of its campuses to prepare for potential remote teaching, learning and working after spring break. On campus housing at Towson will also close at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Students will need to vacate and prepare for in the event they can't return after Spring Break next week. They can request a late stay.

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Salisbury University canceled classes Thursday and Friday, and instructed students to take all their essential belongings with them should they be restricted from campus for an extended time. From March 23 to April 3, courses that are able to do so will be taught online. They said they don’t expect campus to be closed during that time, but asked that students not return until April 4.

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Morgan State will be suspending in-class instruction for a period of up to two weeks and will move to institute online learning protocols. At the end of the two week period following Spring Break, the university will reassess the situation to determine future actions.

Loyola University is discontinuing face-to-face instruction due to the coronavirus outbreak that will go from March 11 through March 31. Beginning with the start of classes on March 18, faculty will teach their classes online or electronically. The University plans to resume classes on April 1.

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UMBC has announced that classes will be canceled for March 12 and 13, as the university prepares to move to online learning for a period of time.

As officials continue to monitor the coronavirus outbreak, the University of Maryland has released their plan regarding the virus.

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According to Johns Hopkins University officials, they're transitioning to remote instruction for all classroom-based academic programs.

They're also encouraging undergraduate students not to return to campus from spring break next week and to plan to remain home through at least April 12. Remote undergraduate instruction will begin Monday, March 23.

Notre Dame of Maryland University is canceling in-person classes and will move to remote instruction on March 23.

After the scheduled spring break next week, March 14-22, face-to-face classes will resume via remote instruction through at least April 5, with the exception of programmatic clinical, practicums, and internships. While subject to change, face-to-face classes are currently scheduled to resume on Monday, April 6. For graduate students in full 15-week semester classes, beginning on March 14, face-to-face classes will resume via remote instruction through at least, April 5.

This week’s class cancellation will allow faculty and staff to finalize plans for remote instruction that will begin on Monday, March 23.

Beginning March 30, the majority of courses at Anne Arundel Community College will be delivered remotely with the aid of technology due to the COVID-19 virus. Spring break (March 16-22) will be extended one additional week for students only. There will be no classes for students March 16-29. Classes including the start of the second eight-week session originally scheduled for a March 23 start will resume March 30.

Additional information regarding individual courses will be provided to students the week of March 23. Services, such as the library, bookstore, Child Development Center, etc. will resume Thursday, March 26.

This article will be updated as we learn more information.