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Auburn University to move to online instruction through April 10 as coronavirus pandemic continues

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Auburn University is transitioning to online classes only from March 16 to April 10, the university announced Thursday afternoon. The university is recommending that students not return to campus from spring break.

Dining facilities, libraries and residence halls will be closed through April 10. University officials will make arrangements for international students and others who are unable to return home. Students who have specific questions should contact the Division of Student Affairs. The university medical clinic will remain open.

This comes just hours after the SEC canceled all athletic events on SEC campuses until the end of March.

“The Auburn Family faces many unknowns about this virus,” said Auburn University President Jay Gogue. “We are taking these unprecedented steps based on our utmost concern for the health and well-being of Auburn students, faculty and staff. In the meantime, we continue working with public health and emergency preparedness officials to make decisions in the best interest of the campus community and to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Decisions have not yet been made on spring commencement, summer study abroad programs or other events and activities beyond April 10, the university said.