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COVID-19: Laurentian announces it's cancelling classes today 'as a precaution'

As of tomorrow, all classes will be moved online

With the spread of COVID-19, Laurentian University students will have to take their classes online until further notice.

The university has announced that “as a precaution," all classes will be suspended as of 12 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 11). As of tomorrow (Thursday, March 12), all classes will be moved to online delivery until further notice.

The university said it is also suspending in-person activities such as laboratories. Information for online classroom delivery will be distributed shortly.

Additionally, while the university will remain open, events that were planned to take place on campus between now and March 13 are cancelled. 

Laurentian said it is considering the cancellation of further events and will communicate further shortly.

“With a known-case of the virus in our community, we aim to take proactive measures to prevent the spread of this illness,” said a press release issued by Laurentian late Wednesday morning.

“We understand that changes in our day-to-day operations will create challenges and disruptions, however, we believe the risk of not taking action is of greater concern to our community.

“We continue to align our recommendations with and follow guidelines from the health authorities as well as Public Health Sudbury & Districts.”

Huntington University and the University of Sudbury, two of the three federated universities on Laurentian's campus, say they're following the same protocols as Laurentian. The third federated university, Thorneloe University, has not made any public statements about the issue.


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