Ohio University's Alumni Gateway on March 10, 2020
Ohio University’s Alumni Gateway on March 10, 2020 (WOUB/Michelle Rotuno-Johnson).

Ohio University Changes Plan, Extends Spring Break Until March 22

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is extending spring break until Sunday, March 22 as students, faculty, and staff prepare for a transition to online classes and the university tries to limit the spread of COVID-19.

This newest announcement means remote and online instruction will begin Monday, March 23.

OU announced Tuesday that all in-person classes will be moved to an online format after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s recommendation that all colleges and universities switch to an online format.

“This change in our previously announced plan is following guidance we have received at the state level and in response to concerns that we have heard from both students and faculty about time needed to adequately prepare to make the transition from face-to-face to remote or online instruction,” the university said in a campus-wide email.

Students who need to return to campus will be allowed to use their residential ID cards from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 through Monday, March 16. Students may not stay in the residence halls at this time without prior permission.

The university said all campuses and locations will remain open at this time. Employees should report to work as scheduled unless they are ill, believe they have been exposed to COVID-19, or have recently traveled to a country designated “warning level 2” or “warning level 3” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information, visit the OHIO alert page or the OHIO COVID-19 information page.