Smith College canceling in-person classes over coronavirus fears

  • Smith College students cross the central campus in Northampton. KEVIN GUTTING

Staff Writer
Published: 3/10/2020 1:38:14 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College has announced that due to coronavirus concerns, it will cancel in-person classes and hold the remainder of courses in alternative ways beginning March 30. Students must leave campus housing by March 20.

In an email to the Smith community, college President Kathleen McCartney cited spring break and other public health measures as main factors in making the decision.

The decision comes one day after Amherst College’s Monday night announcement to enact remote learning, becoming the first college in the state to make this decision.

Only people who have demonstrated that they have no option to remain on campus will be allowed to stay in college accommodations, according to the college’s press release. These guidelines include those from countries with travel restrictions, those who have Smith College as their legal residence and “other extenuating circumstances.”

Students who are abroad will remain in their current programs, according to the email.

Jacquelyn Voghel can be reached at jvoghel@gazettenet.com.


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