College confirms suspension of on-campus classes in response to coronavirus concerns

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BENJY RENTON

Students eating outside Proctor Dining Hall on March 9.

By CAROLINE KAPP, BOCHU DING, and JAMES FINN

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President Laurie Patton confirmed Tuesday afternoon that students will be required to leave campus on Friday, March 13 to begin an extended two-week spring break in response to the Covid-19 viral epidemic. Following this break, Middlebury will begin remote classes on March 30. Students will be expected not to return to campus “until further notice,” according to Patton’s statement. 

Students who may be compromised due to additional health conditions are permitted to leave campus before Friday. Those who cannot leave campus — such as some international students and domestic students who will be at a greater risk in their home community — can petition the school to remain on campus, where they will also resume courses digitally. 

All students must indicate to the college their intentions to depart or petition to remain on campus. Students who wish to remain on campus must complete the form before 3 p.m. on Thursday, and will be notified of a decision before 9 a.m. on Friday.  

The announcement outlines a myriad of other stipulations for the coming weeks.

The Campus will continue to update our coverage online as necessary.

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