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Rice University to cancel in-person classes March 9-13 over coronavirus concerns

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Posted at 6:16 PM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 20:33:49-04

HOUSTON, TX — Rice University will be canceling in-person classes the week of March 9-13 over growing coronavirus fears.

Rice says this decision comes out of an abundance of caution and to "allow faculty and staff time to prepare for possible remote instruction this semester."

The announcement comes three days after it was released that a Rice employee is one of 11 coronavirus cases in the Houston-area, according to ABC13.

The University says faculty can provide material that can be completed remotely and does not require group interaction during the week.

"Like some of our peers, Rice is preparing for the possibility of delivering the majority of its classes remotely if that should prove necessary," the statement says.

Through April 30, Rice is prohibiting all on-campus public events, gatherings and parties with more than 100 people to minimize close contact among large groups of people as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Outdoor varsity, intramural and club athletic events may continue as scheduled.