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Several Ohio colleges suspending in-person classes due to COVID-19 concerns

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As Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine encouraged colleges move to remote learning amid COVID-19 concerns, several colleges announced they would be suspending in-person classes.

Ohio State announced Monday night it would be suspending face-to-face classes through at least Monday, March 30.

On Tuesday, Kent State said it is suspending face-to-face classes until April 13. Classes will be canceled for the remainder of the week and remote instruction will begin on March 16. Remote instruction will continue through April 10.

Kent State said these changes will also affect Kent State's College of Podiatric Medicine, but clinical rotations will continue.

Otterbein University said all in-person classes on campus are suspended through the rest of the week, including at The Knowlton Equine Center.

The university said faculty and students must remain in contact as the university moves classes to remote learning or other options beginning on March 16. For the time being, the university said clinical rotations, internships and other forms of experiential learning off-campus continue as scheduled.

Residence halls will remain open at Otterbein and outdoor athletic events will continue as normal. Indoor events will continue without spectators through at least March 27.

For more information, students and parents are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Affairs at 614-823-1250.

John Carroll University said beginning Wednesday, March 11, all in-person, face-to-face classes are suspended through and including Monday, April 13.

Classes will be canceled from March 11 to March 13 to give faculty and staff time to prepare for the transition to online learning.

Beginning Monday, March 16, all classes will resume online until at least April 13.

During this time, campus will remain open and staff is expected to report to campus.

The University of Toledo has also canceled classes for the rest of the week. All courses will resume on Wednesday, March 18 with remote delivery.

The school said on-campus instruction has been canceled through at least March 30.

Toledo has also suspended all travel, both domestic and international, for the through June 30.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 11, Miami University campuses are suspending all face-to-face instruction in lectures, discussion sections, seminars and other similar classroom settings. Courses will be held remotely through at least April 12.

The university said it is still evaluating laboratory, studio and performance classes and the University will provide more specific guidance later this week.

Residence halls, dining halls and all campus services will remain open.

Miami University said all non-essential events planned for greater than 150 attendees are being canceled or postponed.

The University of Akron canceled classes beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday through March 29. Beginning on March 30, all courses will be held remotely.

The university is also canceling all large events previously scheduled on campus from now until at least April 20.

Residence halls will remain open.

Ohio University has also suspended in-person instruction on all campuses and locations through at least Monday, March 30. The university will be moving to virtual instruction.

The university said any students who went home over spring break are encouraged to stay at home and those traveling over spring break are also asked not to return to campus during this time.

Students who live in residence halls on-campus are not to return to campus after spring break unless they request and receive prior authorization.

Wright State University canceled all in-person classes through at least Monday, March 30. The university will be moving to virtual instruction.

The university said on-campus resident halls, dining halls and all campus services, including libraries and computer labs will remain open.

Students can return back home or remain in their door room on campus.

Bowling Green State University said it will be moving all in-person classes online and remote learning starting on Monday, March 16.

The university said students can either return back home or return to campus.

The university is also suspending all large events through April 17.

The University of Cincinnati is moving all in-person classes to online until Monday, April 13. The university said instructions that involve labs, studios, music lessons, and clinical experience may meet at the discretion of the dean.

Students will be allowed to return to their on-campus door room or choose to go home.

Residence and dining halls will remain open.

Capital University is canceling classes Wednesday, March 11, through Saturday, March 14.

Following Sunday, classes will be moved online until "at least" March 31. Residence halls, dining facilities and other campus services remain open.

Clinical placements, student teaching, and internships will also continue if the host organization allows it.

All Capital University events are canceled until at least March 31. Indoor Capital sporting events will be limited to athletes, parents, and essential personnel.

More information can be found here.

Columbus State Community College is extending its spring break another week. Beginning March 23, the college hopes to move to online learning.

Ohio Wesleyan University announced Tuesday night that all classes will be canceled on March 16 and March 17 as faculty members prepare to offer classes remotely.

Beginning on March 18, all classes will be taught remotely. This will continue through April 5.

The university said all events, except athletic events, through April 5 are also canceled.

Denison University said it will transition to a remote learning model from March 23 to April 3. The university said it could extend this through the end of the semester.

The university said all students are expected to leave campus by Monday, March 16 (spring break) through at least April 3.

" There is a very real possibility that we will extend remote learning through the end of the semester, therefore we strongly encourage students to take all of their belongings if at all possible, and especially all items and materials they need to continue their studies remotely," the university said on its website.

Denison will continue to update students on its COVID-19 page.

Beginning on March 16, traditional classroom courses at the University of Findlay will be delivered remotely. This will continue until at least Tuesday, April 14.

Classes are canceled on Friday, March, 13 to allow faculty time to prepare their course materials.

Classroom experiences such as labs, performance classes, and instruction and animal care at the farms are still being evaluated, and the university will provide additional guidance this week.

The university is also canceling all events, either university-sponsored or on university property until at least April 14.

Cedarville University shared its plan to implement the governor's recommendations Wednesday. Classes will be canceled Thursday and Friday, March 12-13, to allow faculty to prepare to transition to online instruction.

Starting Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27, the university will transition to remote (online) delivery of all undergraduate and graduate education.

"We will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional guidance about classes by March 25," said the university in a statement.

Ohio Dominican University announced it will temporarily transition to all on-campus courses to an online-only format in response of COVID-19.

The university's spring break will be extended through Tuesday, March 17. Beginning on March 18, all on-campus courses will be delivered online. This is expected to continue through at least March 31.

Ohio Dominican has directed all students to stay home unless they have no other housing options other than residence halls.

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