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Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the country are implementing extended spring breaks and using that time to transition to online instruction due to the pandemic of the COVID-19 virus.

The following summary lists some campus schedule changes with more likely to occur:

• Howard University in Washington, D.C., is planning to move all classes to an online format beginning March 23. However, students are permitted to remain living on campus.

• Students at the four HBCUs in Maryland — Coppin State University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Bowie State University and Morgan State University — closed early this week for spring break. The universities are going to hold all instruction online for at least two weeks after the end of spring break. Students are not expected to return to campus before April 6.

• All institutions in the University of North Carolina System — including its HBCUs — will transition from in-person instruction to a system of alternative course delivery, where possible and practical, no later than March 20. Alternative course delivery will begin March 23 and last indefinitely.

• After initially deciding to remain open and continue face-to-face classroom instruction, the University of Georgia System reversed its decision a few hours later and decided to close all universities in the University of Georgia System for two weeks. This includes the historically Black institutions Albany State University, Fort Valley State University and Savannah State University. During this period, the universities will assess their capabilities to move all instruction online.

• Hampton University in Virginia is canceling all in-person classes effective Friday, March 13 through Friday, April 3. All instruction will move online for that time period.

• Norfolk State University in Virginia will extend its spring break until March 23. Afterward, all classes will be held online for two weeks.

• Claflin University in South Carolina has extended spring break for a week but plans to resume classroom instruction when students return to campus.

• All of Mississippi’s state-operated HBCUs will extend their spring break and transition to online instruction on March 23. Students are asked to remain at home.

• Delaware State University has asked students who are on spring break not to return to campus until April 6. Those students who remained on campus have been asked to leave. Instruction will continue online beginning March 18.

• Morehouse College in Atlanta has extended spring break and asked all students who remained on campus to leave. The college plans to continue instruction only online for the remainder of the spring semester.

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