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After first suspending in-person classes for a week and shifting classes online in a temporary fashion, Northwest will move all classes online for the rest of the semester as the spread of COVID-19 continues across the United States, the University announced in an email March 18.

The decision came hours after Missouri Western announced the suspension of its in-person classes for the remainder of the spring and days after the University of Missouri system did the same for all four of its campuses statewide.

The move was made “out of an abundance of caution,” the email said, an in effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, which first appeared in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The campus will remain open in “limited operation.”

In-person and blended classes, which had been suspended entirely for one week starting March 16, will resume online March 23, according to the email. The University will provide further information to students living in Northwest residence halls in regards to move-out and refund processes for housing and meal plans via email, the University announced.

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