TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Arizona State University is extending its online classes through the end of the spring semester due to the coronavirus threat.
ASU president Michael Crow tweeted the announcement Monday.
In his statement, Crow said, "We are already in this mode and off to a great start with more than 14,000 classes being offered online." He says university housing will remain open and essential services will continue to be provided on campus.
Campus libraries will also stay open, as well as computer labs, food service, health clinics and research labs. The ASU website says that classes can be attended remotely and as scheduled through Zoom or through Canvas. Each professor will providestudents clear instructions on how each class will be offered.
But now, the online plan will continue through the end of the semester. The university says its primary goal is the continuation of classes and the commitment to high-quality delivery of learning, so that all students can progress toward their academic goals uninterrupted.
Schools will be closed from March 16 through March 27.
ASU also tweeted Monday that the university will be "making a decision soon about commencement."
Meantime in Tucson, UArizona announced that all classes will move online March 18. "Students who can are encouraged to stay home through the end of the semester," reads a statement on the website.
This is the latest confirmed information about the coronavirus in Arizona. This page will be continuously updated by the Arizona's Family digital staff.
As for the state's other public university, Northern Arizona University, the website states that NAU will hold classes as scheduled for the remainder of the week and move to online instruction on March 23. Grand Canyon University will make the move to almost all digital classes on March 23.