CHICAGO (CBS) — Loyola University announced Thursday that it is cancelling face-to-face classes beginning Friday, March 13 due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Loyola will move all classes to virtual and online instruction beginning as soon as possible, but no later than Monday, March 23. The virtual classes will continue through the end of the semester.READ MORE: Woman Stabbed Near CTA Green Line, Police ID Suspect In Stabbing Death Of Anat Kimchee
All students are expected to leave campus as soon as possible, and go home for the rest of the semester. Residence halls will close by the end of the day Thursday, March 19, so students can make arrangements to travel home.
All study-abroad students will be repatriated to their homes, and all international summer programs have been suspended.READ MORE: 'It Is Sad': The United Center COVID Mass Vaccination Site Closes Thursday
Final exams will also be administered virtually. No decision has been made on commencement activities, but a decision is coming no later than April 3.
The university itself will remain open to ensure academic and research continuity. But faculty and staff are expected to maintain appropriate social distancing.MORE NEWS: Over 24,000 Unemployment Claims Filed In Illinois Last Week Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
All university events involving more than 70 people have been banned.