Photo: Western Colorado University in Gunnison, where two of cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed so far. Credit: Christopher Biddle.

Western Colorado University in Gunnison will offer online-classes when students return from spring break on March 23rd. That’s according to a press release from the School.

The announcement comes a day after several other Colorado colleges announced drastic strides to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“We are very aware of and empathetic to the major logistic and emotional impacts that these changes may have on our community,”  said School President Greg Salsbury in a press release.

Additionally, the school has cancelled all events with at least 150 people attending and are strongly discouraging all travel that isn’t essential. The administration is also instructing supervisors to allow faculty and staff to work from home when feasible. 

The Campus will remain open for now with housing and dining facilities functioning as normal, although administrators are encouraging students with alternate housing options to consider residing remotely.

 Friday was supposed to be the last day of classes before spring break, but classes have been cancelled for that day. For now, the administration says these precautions will be in place at least until April 3rd.

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