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Utah universities switch to online classes to fight COVID-19

The University of Utah campus pictured in March 2020. After seven rounds of amendments and substitutions, the Utah Legislature passed a bill that would initiate the return to in-person classes by next semester.(Photo: Kelli Pierce, KSL Newsradio)

SALT LAKE CITY – Spring break did not stop the University of Utah administrators from announcing all classes will be held online starting next week. In efforts to help fight the spread of the Coronavirus, they believe online classes will help stop the spread.

The U joins Utah State University, BYU, and Weber State University in holding all classes online starting next week due to the coronavirus.

Westminster College in Salt Lake City extended spring break by one week. Classes will then be conducted online, beginning March 23 through Marsh 27. The schools says they will reassess at that point.

Southern Utah University is starting online classes on March 23rd, as are Utah Valley University and Dixie State University.

Snow College will start online classes on April 1st. 

Students and staff at the University of Utah were glad classes are being moved online, but some wondered why it wasn’t done sooner.

“I am worried about everybody’s health and my health and my kids’ health. I’m kinda concerned we don’t have enough regulations right now to make sure that it’s not going to spread,” said Yfat Levenstein, a student who also works on campus.

“I’m not worried about it. Everything should be shut down for safety,” said Elle Oldfield, who works at the U’s College of Nursing.

Universities are also canceling non-essential travel, as well as putting the breaks on large gatherings, including sporting events.

BYU has also asked fans not to show up at any athletic events.

 

The college extended spring break one week. Classes will be conducted online beginning March 23 until March 27. Then we will reassess.