CSULB Suspends In-person Classes Due to Coronavirus Concerns
California State University Long Beach will suspend face-to-face classes beginning March 12 to prevent the spread of coronavirus, President Jane Close Conoley announced on Wednesday.
Classes will be canceled starting March 12 through March 18 for professors to prepare for alternative delivery of instruction that will begin next Wednesday. The campus will resume regular operations on April 20.
There are currently no cases of coronavirus on the campus, in a statement sent to students and staff, Conoley said: “The shift is being done out of an abundance of caution. […] This action is a proactive step being taken because of our commitment to your health and safety and supports the concept of ‘social distancing,’”
Despite the shift of alternative forms of instruction, Conoley stated the campus is not closing and officials and buildings will remain open and many operations will continue normally. “Our university is not closing; we will continue to conduct business and provide vital services to you and to our entire campus community.”
The campus library and Horn Center will remain open for students who need computers or WiFi.
Some courses will continue to meet in person if online instruction is not appropriate, such as some laboratory, performing-arts, and physical education courses. Accommodations associated with social distancing will be implemented in these courses.
The campus will continue to provide updates through its COVID-19 informational website
By: Jocelyn Torralba