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FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) --  More Arizona colleges and universities are moving to online classes amid coronavirus fears.

Maricopa County Community College District

On Thursday, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) made the decision to extend spring break for students by one week through Friday, March 20, 2020. The extension impacts on-campus, in-person classes only. All online classes will continue as scheduled. All student activities and college events will also be postponed during this time period.

Northern Arizona University

Earlier Thursday, Northern Arizona University announced it would transition to online instruction. The school said classes would be held digitally for at least two weeks, starting Monday, March 23.

NAU is anticipated to release more information in the coming days about specific instructions for faculty, staff and students. Students in clinical programs will be contacted by the College of Health and Human Services.

The NAU mountain campus will remain open. NAU employees will continue to perform job duties.

NAU joins Arizona State University and University of Arizona with moving to online instruction.

Grand Canyon University

Also on Thursday, Grand Canyon University (GCU) also announced new precautions. The university said classes on the Phoenix campus will continue as scheduled through Friday, March 13. Then, following spring break (which is March 16-20)  all but a few classes on the Phoenix campus will continue online for the remaining four weeks of the spring semester.

Additional details will be available in each student’s individual LoudCloud classroom before classes resume on March 23. Students in the few select classes that will need some face-to-face experience will be contacted by their Student Services Counselor directly by the end of the day on Friday, March 13 to discuss options.

GCU also announced:

-All spring GCU athletic events, including NCAA Division I, club and intramural sports, have been suspended. Coaches will be coordinating future activities directly with student-athletes.

-All Spring Fine Arts performances and other co-curricular activities have been suspended. Faculty/coaches will be coordinating future activities directly with impacted students.

-GCU’s Facilities Department will continue its enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols throughout campus for the foreseeable future.

Students are encouraged to return to their homes to complete their coursework online. However, the GCU campus will remain open for those students who need to stay on campus.

Residential students will receive a survey asking to communicate their plans. Residential housing, designated dining options, the library, Health and Wellness Clinic, counseling services, and other campus resources will remain open on a limited basis. Certain campus student-worker positions will remain open and students should check with their supervisor for additional details.

ASU and UArizona

Earlier this week, Arizona State University and University of Arizona announced they would be switching to online classes when students get back from spring break due to the coronavirus threat.

Arizona's Family has confirmed that starting Monday, March 16, all ASU classes will be held online, if possible, for at least the next two weeks. The university will remain open and school resources will still be available. But classes will be taught remotely.

UArizona's president, Robert C. Robbins, sent out a letter saying the school will delay the return from spring break until Wednesday, March 18, and move to online classes wherever possible. Robbins said residence halls, recreational facilities, food services and Campus Health will remain open. The classes will remain online until April 6 and that's when the university will reassess the situation. All public events will continue except for the Bear Down Music Fest. There's more info on their website.


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