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List of colleges & universities extending spring break, switching to online learning

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- Schools across Siouxland and beyond have begun taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus.

Briar Cliff University

Briar Cliff University is moving to an online learning environment effective March 19 and will continue through Easter weekend, with classes resuming April 14.

Morningside College

In an effort to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Morningside College has extended its current spring break for one week, through Sunday, March 22.

Morningside is also suspending all college-sponsored international travel for students, faculty, and staff through July 31, 2020. This includes all upcoming international May Term trips and summer study abroad programs.

Dordt University

Officials at Dordt University have announced they will extend spring break by one week.

Courses were originally scheduled to resume on Tuesday, March 17. They will now begin on Monday, March 23.

University officials say when classes resume they will be held online until at Monday, April 13.

Western Iowa Tech Community College

In an effort to support public health and minimize the spread of COVID-19, Western Iowa Tech Community College has announced it extending spring break for students through Sunday, March 22.

WITCC has also announced they will transition several face-to-face classes to online classes beginning March 23.

University of Iowa

The University of Iowa announced Wednesday it's committing to online classes for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.

The university had previously planned for two weeks of online classes following this week's spring break.

Northwestern College

Starting Monday, March 23rd, Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, will transition to online course delivery for all traditional undergraduate classes.

All traditional undergraduate on-campus classes are canceled through Thursday, March 19th.

The campus will reconvene online on Friday, March 20th, at 10 a.m. for a required convocation.

Iowa State University

Iowa State University has moved all courses online for the remainder of the spring semester.

This begins Monday, March 23.

All university events, activities, and exhibitions, on and off campus, will be canceled or moved online, for the remainder of the spring semester, through May 9.

University of Northern Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa announced on Wednesday they're extending online coursework through the spring and summer semesters.

University leaders said the move came in adherence to the continued guidance from the Iowa Board of Regents, as well as state and national officials regarding COVID-19.

UNI'S Department of Residence will be sending communication to students about the residence halls.

Grinnell College

Grinnell College is advising students to make plans to go home for spring break and finish the semester there.

Drake University

Drake University is closing campus for two weeks after spring break.

Cornell College

Cornell College has decided to shift their course model to distance learning via online courses. The new change will take affect on March 23 and will last until at least April 15.

While there are no confirmed cases on campus, college officials say they're moving to protect the well-being of the community and those who live around the college.

Students were originally scheduled to be on spring break through Sunday, March 15. The college is extending the break by one week until Sunday, March 22 in order to make preparations. The college will make a decision regarding whether students will return for Block 8, the final block of the year, by the beginning of April.

The college is also suspending employee business travel internationally and domestically. The college is also holding virtual visit events for those considering enrollment at Cornell. Campus offices will remain open, but faculty and staff  are encouraged to forgo in-person meetings.

Mount Marty to deliver courses remotely for remainder of semester

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mount Marty College has decided to maintain online course delivery for all campuses for the remainder of the semester.

College officials say the May commencement ceremony will also be postponed, but all students who complete requirements will graduate in May. 

The college says though there is currently no known immediate risk to the campuses in Yankton, Sioux Falls and Watertown, their priority is to minimize any potential risk to students, faculty, staff, and neighboring communities by continuing to practice social distancing. 

South Dakota Public Universities

Public universities across South Dakota have extended their spring break by one week and canceled non-essential travel in an effort to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

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