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Whittier College cancels events, moves to online classes

WHITTIER — In response to growing concern about the spread of the coronavirus, Whittier College has cancelled all classes scheduled for Friday and will transition to digital classrooms when students return from spring break.

When classes resume March 23, all courses will be taught remotely until at least April 3. 

“An update will be provided by April 1 regarding plans for the remainder of the semester,” the college said. 

Residence halls will remain open, as will the library, health and wellness center, and other buildings. 

“We would like to reiterate that there are no known cases (confirmed or suspected) of this virus on the Whittier campus,” the college said in a statement. “Nevertheless, following public health recommendations, the College is taking this proactive step to keep the Whittier College community healthy.”

Whittier College also suspended or postponed most campus events that attract 100 or more people for the remainder of the year. 

It has not been decided if this will include commencement, cultural graduations, honors convocation, or its popular URSCA convention.

As of Tuesday, there were 20 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Los Angeles County.

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