Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology requires students to leave campus and switch to online learning, while Johns Hopkins University encourages students not to return to school after spring break to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
At least 55 other universities and colleges in the United States have canceled direct classes. Specifically, together with Harvard University, Ivy League schools have canceled classes or closed schools; including Columbia University, Princeton University.
In California, Stanford University, California University, Southern California University, San Francisco University, San Jose University, Santa Clara University and Palo Alto University also canceled classes.
Statistics of Forbers magazine said that, besides these schools, similar, Washington University, Seattle University, … in Washington State or New York University, Fordham University, Hofstra University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, … on the coast Bronze; Rice University, Duke University, University of Florida, Johns Hopkins University, … in the South of America also canceled their classes directly.
At Harvard University, students are required not to return to the university, to study online, and to leave the dormitory to limit the spread of Covid-19.
“The decision to switch to online teaching is not easy. This change is to limit the focus in large groups and share common spaces such as classrooms, canteens or dormitories,” Principal Lawrence S. Bacow wrote in Letter to students.
According to Principal Lawrence S. Bacow, the school also plans to transfer all classes to online classes starting March 23 and students cannot return to the school.
The Harvard campus will remain open, but the school will take appropriate measures to protect the health of the community. Harvard University does not encourage any unimportant meeting or event of 25 or more people.
“For students, especially those who are going to graduate this year, I know that this is not what they want in the preparatory parting time with Harvard,” Principal Bacow reminded students who have You can feel frustrated when you have to temporarily away from the school.
“However, the school does this not only to protect children but also to protect many others in the community or those who may be susceptible to infection.”
At Amherst University in Massachusetts also announced to switch to online learning from 23/3 with concerns that many students have been traveling during breaks.
This measure is similarly applied at many other universities in the region. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Principal L. Rafael Reif said that although the risk of infection at MIT is still low, but before the disease spread in Massachusetts as well as elsewhere, the school also put devise measures to protect staff, students, professors, and lecturers.
Specifically, MIT will cancel all classes next week, announcing that college students will not return to school after spring break. Students start moving out of the dormitory on 14th and finish before noon 17/3. Online classes will start from March 30.
At Johns Hopkins University, before the outbreak of Covid-19, undergraduate and graduate classes will also offer online learning. Students are encouraged not to return to school after the spring break.
In a letter to students, lecturers and staff at Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Ronald J. Daniels, President of the University wrote: “The way we deal with the disease is to follow the principles of public health. To minimize the spread of the disease, starting March 11, the school will shift to distance learning, at least until April 12.
As such, except for practical, clinical and training classes in research labs and laboratories, all undergraduate and graduate grades of Johns Hopkins University will shift to distance learning.
In addition, this school also encourages students not to return to school after spring break. Students who need to stay at the school will have to register, declare information, health issues to get support when needed.
“If students encounter economic barriers when leaving school or distance learning will also be financially supported on demand.”
Johns Hopkins University does not encourage unimportant events or meetings of 25 or more people. Admissions and student events inside and outside the school will also be delayed.
“When facing the epidemic, we must work together. I am deeply grateful to the students and faculty who worked with us tirelessly and adapted to this new situation.
I would like to express my special appreciation to the many colleagues who shared their expertise and understanding of public health, technical systems and infectious diseases. They are the ones who are honoring the good tradition and strongly demonstrating the value of core knowledge to serve mankind, ”the school president said.