Following on the heels of several significant cancellations of events the past few days, including the SXSW conference in Austin and the tech conference SaaStr, Stanford University, which lies in the heart of Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, California, revealed late Friday that the school would cancel in-person classes for the last 2 weeks of the university’s winter quarter in response to the expanding break out of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19
In a declaration posted by the university, Stanford’s provost Persis Drell announced that the university would cancel 2 weeks of classes leading up to the university’s winter quarter tests and “to the degree feasible” migrate classes to online formats.
In addition, professors are being encouraged by the administration to find ways of delivering functionally comparable course product through online formats, and all exams for winter season quarter are anticipated to be provided remotely. The policy takes effect right away beginning with classes this coming Monday, March 9.
Furthermore, the university is canceling its annual Admit Weekend, where newly-admitted prospective freshman check out the palm-lined school and learn more about the school prior to making a final decision on where to head for their undergraduate degrees. Tours of the campus have actually likewise been canceled.
The university in a different note today acknowledged that two students remain in self-isolation after “possible direct exposure” to the novel coronavirus. The university emphasized that neither trainee has actually agreeably evaluated favorable for the infection at this time.
The San Francisco Bay Location has seen increasing varieties of possible direct exposures to the novel coronavirus. Stanford itself has actually been on the vanguard of responding to the international pandemic, announcing the development of its own test earlier today to discover the infection.