Colleges close on Thanksgiving and until the end of the semester

In the spring, three-quarters of major American universities switched classes to a remote format, researchers reported.

As Thanksgiving approaches, more American colleges and universities are suddenly closing campuses before the end of the fall semester due to the growing incidence of COVID-19 across the country.

Colleges and universities began to close in the spring, at the beginning of the pandemic, to ensure students’ safety.

George Mason University found that three-quarters of the 575 colleges with at least 5,000 students have moved classes online, opposed student dorms, canceled trips, closed campuses, and moved work to a remote format.

The study, published on October 16, analyzes colleges’ actions between February 25 and March 31.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 321,000 cases of COVID-19 and at least 80 deaths have been reported on University campuses. These figures are given by the New York Times, based on more than 1,900 American colleges and universities.

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