MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Less than 24 hours after all state universities in Florida moved their classes online, the University of Miami announced it will extend its spring break and be transitioning to online learning starting on March 23.

The move was announced over coronavirus concerns.

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The university announced online classes would go from March 23, when students return from spring break, through at least April 4.

UM encourages faculty to prepare all content for students immediately.

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University officials said residential facilities are still scheduled to remain open. Students have the choice of staying at their dorms or going back to their homes.

They also announced that any student who has visited the following countries, can not be permitted on campus until completing a 14-day quarantine:

  • China
  • France
  • Italy
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Spain
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As of Sunday, March 15, all campus events, meetings, and athletic competitions have been canceled, with limited exceptions.

Effective Monday, March 16, outside guests will not be permitted inside residential colleges.

University libraries, the Shalala Student Center, the Herbert Wellness Center, Student Health Center, and the Counseling Center will remain open.

Barry University is also transitioning to remote instruction, which begins on March 19.  There are currently no cases of the novel coronavirus at Barry University.

Face-to-face classes will meet the remainder of the week, with those classes suspended Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 18 to allow students and faculty to prepare.

Beginning Monday, March 16 all Barry University sponsored events, on and off campus, that involve large indoor gatherings are cancelled until further notice. Decisions about athletic events will continue to be reviewed separately, following guidance from the NCAA and Sunshine State Conference.

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The University will remain open as faculty deliver remote instruction. Residence halls will stay open, and services to support the student population will continue.