Wayne State University extends spring break one week due to coronavirus concerns; moves to online instruction

Classes canceled until March 23

Light pole flags for Wayne State University in Detroit's Midtown. (WDIV)

DETROIT – Wayne State University has extended its spring break by an extra week and moves classes online due to concerns about the coronavirus, school officials said.

University officials shared the following message on Thursday:

“Face-to-face classes are cancelled March 16-22. However, classes that were scheduled to be online during this period will continue as scheduled. Remote instruction for all classes begins on March 23. The campus will remain open. Further communication is forthcoming regarding hours and services available, including libraries, the Student Center, dining, etc.”

Michigan had been one of just 13 states untouched by the coronavirus, but Tuesday night, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced two confirmed cases -- one each in Oakland and Wayne counties.

Other school changes:

Campus housing is open, but students are encouraged to return home if they don’t need to be on campus. Students unable to go to an off-campus location can still use the school’s housing and dining facilities, Wayne State announced.

All university-sponsored international travel is prohibited.

All events with 100 or more people will be canceled, as recommended by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. Events with less than 100 people are also discouraged for social distancing, school officials said.

The university will update students about the status of upcoming commencement ceremonies.

The health schools and colleges have unique student instruction situations, so the deans of those schools will be in touch with students, according to the university.

To learn more about coronavirus and how to give yourself the best chance to stay healthy, read Dr. Frank McGeorge’s answers to the questions below.

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