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ASU extending online classes through spring semester because of coronavirus concerns

The university switched to online classes last week.

TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State University is extending online cases through the end of the spring semester, President Michael Crow announced in a tweet Monday.

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All in-person classes at Arizona State University are going online wherever possible starting Monday, the university announced. 

The move comes after Gov. Doug Ducey declared a public health emergency in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Nine people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arizona. 

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The classes go online March 16 and will stay online for at least two weeks, the university said. After that, school officials will assess where things stand. 

Meanwhile, university housing, computer labs, food service, health clinics, counseling services, research labs and other aspects will remain open. 

All public events will continue unless otherwise announced.

Students should get more detailed instructions from faculty on how to transition to online instruction. You can find updates on ASU's COVID-19 webpage.

"We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution," ASU said in a statement Wednesday. "Public health officials have not yet made this a requirement for public institutions. Nevertheless, given all that we know and what we can anticipate based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we believe this is the most prudent course of action at the current time."

Last week, the university held 170 classes with 7,000 students using Zoom video conferencing as a test. 

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Several universities around the country have announced plans to suspend classes, but a spokesperson says that’s not an option for ASU.  

The University of Arizona later announced that it was also moving its classes online amid the outbreak. Spring classes start March 18 and will be online until at least April 6. 

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