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Morehouse Instructs Its Students Not to Return to Campus After Spring Break and Is Moving to Online Classes for Rest of Semester Because of Coronavirus

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Morehouse College is one of the many HBCUs to take preventative measures to protect their students, staff and faculty from the spread of the coronavirus.

On Thursday, President David A. Thomas, Ph.D. released a statement that included the following measures that the college is taking to protect its student:

  • Spring Break will be extended by one week to March 20th
  • In-person classes will be moved online beginning March 23rd and will run through to the end of the Spring Semester
  • Students are instructed not to return to campus from Spring Break and those students on campus are instructed to move out of their residences by the 9 p.m. on March 21st
  • All college-sponsored travel for faculty, staff and students is suspended
  • Travel related to athletics, club sports and activities is suspended
  • All campus events have been canceled
  • On-campus filming projects have been suspended
  • All campus tours have been suspended
  • All activities related to Admitted Students Day will be going virtual
  • All non-essential staff will work remotely

“To our students, we fully understand these actions will disrupt some of the activities and academic ceremonies that are core to the Morehouse experience,” he wrote. “However, in light of the spread of this virus, we must prioritize safety and do our part to protect the health of the Morehouse Community.”

Other HBCUs around the country are also taking similar measures to protect their students. Jackson State University and Lincoln University of Missouri have both extended their spring breaks and Lane College is one of the many HBCUs that is moving to remote classes due to the virus.

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