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In Coronavirus Precaution, MU Temporarily Suspends In-Person Classes

The University of Missouri announced Wednesday, it will suspend all classes through March 15 as a precaution against coronavirus.

In the announcement, Chancellor Alexander Cartwright emphasized no student has tested positive for the virus and said the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution.” The university said classes will be held remotely next week, and the plan is to resume in-person classes on March 30, after Mizzou's spring break.

Cartwright also announced the suspension of all university-related non-essential domestic and international travel through April 12. The university said small meetings and athletic events will continue. University spokesperson Christian Basi said Mizzou is not planning on closing dorms or other facilities.

Despite the suspension of classes, Cartwright said faculty and staff are expected to report to work as usual.

The announcement comes after a person who attended the same conference as a number of journalism students and faculty in New Orleans tested presumptively positive for COVID-19. The school of journalism directed those students and faculty to self-isolate.

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Sebastián Martinez is a reporter and documentary filmmaker who produces KBIA's Missouri Environment program. Sebastián got his bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in documentary journalism at the same institution. His interests include nature, conservation and science.