Minnesota State system suspending classes over COVID-19 concerns

Minnesota State colleges and universities are suspending classes due to COVID-19 concerns, the state system announced Thursday.

According to Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra, the 32 Minnesota State colleges and universities currently on spring break will suspend classes March 16 through March 22, with classes resuming March 23. The five Minnesota State colleges and universities that have spring break the week of March 16 through March 20 will suspend classes from March 23 through March 29, with classes resuming March 30.

St. Thomas, Carleton, Mitchell Hamline move classes online due to COVID-19 concerns

No classes will be held during the suspended week, and faculty will work to find alternative methods to teaching classes. However, the system didn’t commit to online-only classes as of Thursday.

All school and business-related out-of-state travel for students and staff is also being suspended starting March 16. Minnesota State had already suspended international travel on Feb. 28.

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All large events and gatherings with more than 100 attendees are canceled until May 1 throughout the system, as well.

Multiple other colleges and universities have been taking similar measures, including the University of Minnesota, due to the outbreak.

You can see the full release from Minnesota State here.