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LSU cancels classes before March 20, moves to online platform for rest of semester

"Following Spring Break, classes will be held online beginning Monday, March 30, through the end of the Spring semester."
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NEW ORLEANS — LSU face-to-face classes have been canceled until March 20 amid coronavirus concerns, moving all classes to its online platform beginning March 30, the university's official Twitter account tweeted Thursday.

This comes after universities in the New Orleans area made similar actions to protect students, staff, and faculty members because of coronavirus concerns.

In a message to campus, Interim LSU President Tom Galligan told campus that moving courses online will allow the university to help slow the spread of the virus.

The cancelation affects all LSU campuses except the LSU Health Science Centers in Shreveport and New Orleans, Galligan said.

"Students living on campus are encouraged to return home if you can do so," Galligan said. "We understand this isn’t possible for everyone, so our residential life housing will remain open and most services will be available, although in some cases we may temporarily relocate some residents to help with social distancing."

LSU has also prohibited all international and some domestic travel, asking faculty, staff, and students to disclose all travel plans.

"It’s important for us to understand the risks of infection brought about by travel to certain areas – particularly with spring break on the horizon," Galligan said.

To the LSU community, Last night, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a statewide public health emergency, which sets into motion a number of precautionary steps being taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In light of this development, we are moving our classes online beginning Monday, March 30, through the rest of the Spring semester.

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