Drake University to Hold Classes Remotely Due to Coronavirus

DES MOINES, Iowa - Drake University will hold classes remotely from March 23rd through April 3rd due to COVID-19.

The school is advising students to stay home for the two weeks following spring break, although it's keeping residence halls and dining services open.

Students wanting to be on campus between March 23 and April 5 are required to notify the school's Residence Life department and be on campus by March 23.

The Drake provost has noted there are no confirmed cases on the university's campus or in Des Moines at this time.

In a statement, the university said most on-campus gathering would be cancelled staring Saturday, while events after April 5th remain scheduled.

"Gatherings pose unique risks," the statement said. "For that reason, most on-campus events will be canceled starting Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, April 5. Organizers of these events will be contacted, or they may contact the event office directly. We will continue to monitor and assess the risk for any events beyond April 5, including Drake Relays and commencement. For now, those events are expected to continue as planned."

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