Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology decide to `` move all classes online ''

Given the spread of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) across the United States, universities such as Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) said, `` All classes have been moved online, The policy is to prevent a large number of students from gathering.

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Massachusetts state capital of Boston , several universities have decided to 'go online lessons and prevent students from gathering,' as various measures are taken to prevent the spread of the infection. On March 10, 2020, Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University, Emerson University and others officially announced that they would conduct online classes.

Harvard University plans to conduct online classes at all graduate schools and undergraduate schools. The transition will start sequentially from March 10 and will be completed by March 23. For this reason, students are required to meet academic requirements remotely, are banned from returning to campus even after the spring vacation is over, and activities and exchanges on campus are severely restricted, official website It is written in.

'The decision to move to virtual education was not a trivial decision,' said Lawrence Bacow, President of Harvard University, regarding the decision. He pointed out that it is a measure to minimize the time when many people gather in the space such as classrooms and cafeterias, and it is not desirable for students to gather with more than 25 students.

Also, Harvard University will `` prohibit all university-related overseas travel '', `` not recommend personal overseas travel '', `` prohibit unimportant university-related domestic travel '' until April 30 `` Personal domestic travel carefully Travel policies, such as `` banning the holding of non-critical meetings and events of more than 25 people '' and `` countries where the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Level 3 travel health recommendations for new coronavirus infections ( (At the time of writing the article , officials returning from China, Iran, Italy, Korea) need to declare their health status through a form 48 hours before arriving on campus and self-quarantine for 14 days. '' We have established.

At MIT, 'All classes scheduled for March 16 to March 20 will be canceled,'

L. Rafael Life, President, announced in a letter to students. After the spring break period, we plan to shift to online classes from March 30.

In addition, all undergraduates living in the dormitory and the housing provided by MIT also need to return to their homes, and the students started packing from March 14, and the student dormitory by noon on March 17 And that she must leave her house completely. 'It's clear that these steps confuse thousands of students.' 'When we work together on this challenging task, we hope all of us are patient and respectful.' He said.

Regarding departure from student dormitories, there is a possibility that you will not be able to return to MIT again if you return due to visa issues, `` Returning to your home country will increase the risk of new coronavirus infection '' `` No home to return '' It seems that the policy is to allow exceptions in cases such as 'it is difficult to return home considering the security and family situation in my home country.'

At MIT, not only many new coronavirus infections have been confirmed in Boston, hometown, but it has also been confirmed that one of the infected people visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan Management School in late February. thing. Life's decision was made in light of this, and 'If you feel sick, it's most important to be at home!'

Tufts University, Emerson University, Suffolk University, Northeastern University, and Babson University in Boston have announced that they will take the same steps, and Stanford University and Columbia University have also announced that they will conduct online classes.

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