Columbia, Harvard, NYU, and other major US colleges and universities that have switched to remote classes and are telling students to move out of dorms to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

Raymond Boyd/Getty ImagesColumbia University is one of the schools that is temporarily going remote to prevent spreading the novel coronavirus.
  • Classes are being held online across the US to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
  • Some universities across the country, like Rice, are shifting to virtual courses after a community member tested positive for the virus.
  • Here are all the major colleges and universities that have switched to remote courses so far.
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In an email shared with the Harvard University community on Tuesday, school president Larry Bacow announced that both he and his wife had tested positive for the coronavirus. Earlier that week, classes had resumed online. All students had to move out of their campus accommodations by March 15.

ThePhotosite/ShutterstockHarvard Medical School in Boston.

Source: CBS Boston, Harvard University

Cornell University is shifting to online courses beginning April 6, and instructing all students to move off-campus by March 29.

Bebeto Matthews/AP ImagesCornell Tech in NYC. The main campus is in Ithaca, New York.

Source: Cornell Chronicle.

Yale University is shifting to remote classes after their spring break. It’s also asking students to stay home after the break.

f11photo/ShutterstockYale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Source: Yale

New York University (NYU) is holding classes remotely until at least March 27 and has instructed students that they must be moved out of campus housing by March 22.

Melia Robinson/Business InsiderNYU in lower Manhattan.

Source: NYU Local, New York Post

Fordham University cancelled classes on March 9 after a student with found with symptoms and was being tested, and a few faculty members and students had been exposed to the virus. Classes resumed on March 11 online.

Peter Jacobs/Business InsiderFordham University in the Bronx, New York.

Source: Fordham News

Columbia University in New York City moved classes online on March 11 through the remainder of the semester. On Sunday, March 16, it was announced that a member of the Columbia community had tested positive for the coronavirus. The university declined to say whether the infected person was located at the New York campus or an affiliate campus. The university encouraged students to evacuate their dorms by the 17th.

LENS-68/ShutterstockColumbia University in Manhattan, New York.

Source: The New York Times, The Columbia Daily Spectator

NY Governor Cuomo announced that all CUNY and SUNY classes will be moved online for the remainder of the spring semester.

Source: Governor Andrew Cuomo

Syracuse University shifted to online courses from March 13 until at least March 30. It’s also encouraging students to leave campus and stay home after spring break.

Rich Barnes/Getty ImagesSyracuse University students at a basketball game.

Source: Syracuse University

Notre Dame cancelled all classes from March 16-20 and is switching over to online classes in lieu of in-person instruction beginning on March 23 through at least April 13.

Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesNotre Dame students on campus.

Source: Notre Dame

Rutgers University is cancelling courses from March 12 to the end of their spring break on March 22. Courses will resume virtually on March 23.

Rutgers University/ShutterstockRutgers University students at an event.

Source: Rutgers University

Ohio State University (OSU) is holding classes remotely beginning March 23, and are asking students to move off-campus by March 22.

Ken Wolter/ShutterstockOSU in Columbus, Ohio.

Source: The Lantern

St. John’s University is holding classes virtually until March 27 and it asked all students to move out of their campus accommodations.

AP Photo/John MinchilloDr. Conrado Gempesaw, president of St. John’s University, right, and former NBA basketball All-Star and St. John’s alumnus Chris Mullin in 2015.


New York Post

Princeton University will also hold classes virtually starting March 23, after its spring break.

John Greim / Getty ImagesPrinceton University in Princeton, New Jersey.

Source: The New York Times, Princeton University

The University of Washington announced it will hold classes remotely for the rest of the semester after a faculty member tested positive for the virus. As of Monday, 42 people have died in Washington state from the coronavirus.

Mike Peters/ShutterstockThe University of Washington in Seattle.

Source: The Washington Post, the New York Times.

Rice University cancelled in-person classes for the rest of the semester after a staff member tested positive for the virus. It also banned meetings of more than 100 people until May.

AP/Pat SullivanRice University in Houston.

Source: the Houston Chronicle, Texas Tribune

Arizona State University said that that they are moving all classes online from March 16 to March 27, but will be keeping campus housing and dining halls open.

Ross D. Franklin/APThe Arizona State University football team.

Source: The Arizona Republic

The University of Southern California (USC) is shifting to online classes after their spring break, which was last week, until April 14. It also cancelled or postponed all university-sponsored events for the rest of the semester.

AP Photo/Reed SaxonUSC in Los Angeles.

Source: CBS Los Angeles, USC/Twitter

UCLA is shifting to online classes until April 10.

iStock / Getty Images PlusThe University of California in Los Angeles.

Source: UCLA/Twitter

Stanford University’s classes will take place online for the rest of the quarter over concerns about the outbreak.

Beck Diefenbach/ReutersStanford University in Stanford, California.

Source: The New York Times

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