School’s out — sort of.
Columbia University students posed in graduation robes on the campus’s Alma Mater statue Saturday, days after the ivy announced all classes for the remainder of the semester would be conducted online.
Lee Bollinger, Columbia’s president, said Thursday the policy was a precautionary step to prevent the spread of the coronavirus — and that the university had no confirmed cases.
“We will, as indicated previously, actively discourage congregations in large numbers,” Bollinger wrote in a message to students. “We also strongly discourage holding any events with over 25 people, at least through April 30th.”
The university has encouraged all undergraduates to move out of their residence halls as early as possible as it tries to limit the number of students and faculty on its Morningside Heights campus.
Only personnel “required to perform essential functions” are being asked to clock in beginning Monday, Bollinger said.
Universities across the country have been forced to take similar measures, with New York University also transitioning to online-only classes for the rest of the spring term.
Schools like Brigham Young University in Utah and the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia going as far as to cancel graduation ceremonies.
Bollinger said the university has launched almost 2,000 online classes as of this week.
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