(WXYZ) — Central Michigan University will be switching to online-only classes due to the coronavirus pandemic, joining Michigan State and Michigan Tech universities.
The university made the decision out of "an abundance of caution," and advises students not to return to campus after spring break through March 20. All face-to-face classes on the main campus in Mount Pleasant, along with satellite campuses, will move to an online format.
The campus will remain open and business operations will continue. Staff are expected to report to work.
Residence halls will remain closed for all but international students and student athletes until Sunday, March 22 at 9 a.m. However, the East Community (Celani, Emmons, Fabiano, Herrig, Saxe and Woldt Halls), Graduate Housing, Northwest Apartments and Kewadin Village, will remain open for students already on campus. Limited food service will be provided.
Students who need to retrieve essential items from their residence hall rooms may stop by their residence hall director's office on March 15 or March 16 to make arrangements to access their room. They will not be allowed to spend the night in their living unit.
University-sponsored domestic travel through March 31 is canceled, officials said.