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President Greg Crawford wrote in an email to the Miami University community that Miami will complete the rest of the semester online. Students living in the dorms must move out by Friday, March 27.

Miami classes are online for rest of semester — students must leave dorms by March 27

Miami University will be conducting online classes through the end of spring semester, according to a university-wide email from University President Greg Crawford — making Miami the fourth public university in Ohio, following Kent State University, OSU and University of Toledo, to make the call amid growing concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“We are not closing. We are not canceling classes,” University Provost Jason Osborne said.

Miami moves online: How the university will operate amid coronavirus concerns

Miami University President Greg Crawford announced Tuesday that Miami classes will be moved online effective Wednesday until at least Sunday, April 12.  Jenny Bailer, Butler County’s health commissioner, said this all came suddenly, and the university will continue to evaluate how to move forward.  “Today is today, and tomorrow will be different,” she said.


Oxford stores out of masks, disinfectants

Cold medicine, bandages and cremes line the shelves in the pharmacy section of Walmart, but one row remains empty. Where the masks usually reside sits a taped sign: “We do not have any face masks. Sorry for the inconvenience!” An identical bright orange message is posted on the pharmacy window. 


A ‘thousand miles away’: International students react to the virus infecting their hometown

As Shaoyang Zhou walked through Armstrong Student Center to class last Tuesday, he knew people were watching him. Some stopped and stared, but this was exactly the reaction he was hoping for.  Zhou purchased a hazmat suit, and on Tuesday, Jan. 28, he decided to wear it around campus to raise awareness for the 2019 novel coronavirus itself and the devastating impact it has had in his community in Wuhan. 


There’s no coronavirus, but racism sure isn’t the antidote

The following reflects the majority opinion of the Editorial Board. At a press conference on Sunday, Miami University officials revealed the two Miami students suspected of having the coronavirus tested negative for the disease. This announcement came four days after the university notified the Miami community there may be coronavirus in Oxford. “At a time like this, when you’re facing challenges, the best comes out in people,” University President Greg Crawford said during the press conference. “All around this campus, I really saw love and honor showing through in these challenging times.”  Apparently, Crawford wasn’t following the community’s reaction on social media as closely as we were.

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