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Wheaton College cancels classes in-person for remainder of year

Wednesday's move by fellow Christian liberal arts school sets a precedent for Olivet Nazarene University

Wheaton College, which is currently on break, told students on Wednesday to move out of their dorms and return home as there, will be no further face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the school year.

In a statement posted on their website late Wednesday, Wheaton College President Philip Ryken said in a letter to the campus community:

“Please know we take your welfare and safety very seriously. We have reluctantly come to a decision that we understand could be difficult for each of you in a variety of ways. After assessing the regional health situation and campus resources related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided that it would be best for our community to extend spring break for students by one week and resume classes through virtual teaching on Monday, March 23, 2020.”

“We recognize that, given our deep commitment to residential Christian liberal arts learning that thrives in close community; this decision will have a significant impact on your Wheaton Experience. We look forward to welcoming our returning students back after this semester.” President Philip Ryken said in a letter to the campus community.

You can read the full letter here.

As a Christian liberal arts institute, the move sets a precedent for Olivet Nazarene University doing the same. As of posting, the University had yet to update their COVID-19 notice since March 5th.

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