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Clarke To Suspend Face-To-Face Instruction

Clarke University in Dubuque is joining other colleges and universities across the state in their response to the coronavirus. In a message sent to students and employees yesterday. President Thom Chesney said for the safety of everyone on campus, they’ll be suspending on-campus-face-to-face instruction for two weeks following spring break. For that two-week period Clarke will move to virtual forms of instruction between March 23rd and April 5th. On-campus face-to-face instruction is scheduled to resume on April 6th. Students may remain on campus throughout the two week time period or return after spring break to resume class virtually. School officials say the decision to suspend face-to-face classes was made to prioritize health and safety and to lessen the spread of the virus. Students at the University of Dubuque are on spring break this week and school officials say classes will now resume on March 23rd. UD President Dr. Jeffery Bullock says the campus will remain open, even as classes are delayed and students who cannot stay at their homes next week will be allowed to come back to campus. Student meetings will be rescheduled. In-season student athletes are encouraged to come back to campus for practices and competitions. University international travel has also been suspended. Meantime,  officials at Northeast Iowa Community College are monitoring the Coronavirus situation and at this time have no plans to cease operations or make any changes. The academic affairs division at Loras College is developing plans to allow options for students to complete courses in the event that the spread of COVID-19 necessitates limiting in-person classroom contact.

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