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JHU suspending in-person classes for rest of spring semester, graduation will be held virtually

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Posted at 5:14 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 17:17:49-04

BALTIMORE — Johns Hopkins University said they will suspend all in-person classes through the end of the spring 2020 semester and will conduct their university-wide Commencement exercises virtually.

JHU said they recognize that with these changes come great disappointment and very real challenges.

The school said students can expect to hear more from the university’s leadership as the situation continues to unfold.

With the safety of the community foremost in mind, JHU is taking the following steps:

  • All in-person classes will continue as remote/virtual instruction for the rest of the semester, with remote/virtual instruction beginning in full no later than March 23 (for undergraduates, following spring break).
  • All in-person, university events are suspended pending further notice, including tours, admissions events, and alumni events.
  • The Provost's Office and deans will convene remotely divisional academic bodies to consider and make necessary adjustments to exams, grading, course credit, and degree requirements, among other academic impacts.
  • Online and virtual teaching support is being made available for all faculty, lecturers, and TAs.
  • The May 2020 university-wide Commencement exercises will be held virtually (all in-person Commencement ceremonies are cancelled). We will work with our divisions and students on plans to gather our graduates together for virtual ceremonies this May and in-person celebrations at a later date. More information regarding virtual universitywide Commencement activities will be made available to students and families later this week.
  • University meetings and work activities, even those deemed essential, must be conducted remotely whenever possible and no in-person meetings or activities may be held with greater than 10 people (with limited exceptions, such as select types of clinical care).
  • Nonessential university-sponsored international and domestic travel is suspended.
  • We are winding down all but critical research, transitioning to telework for as much of our work force as possible, and providing emergency COVID-19 leave for our employees, as set forth in the email messages over the last several days.

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