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University of Akron residence halls closing Wednesday as classes use online-only instruction for remainder of spring semester

Students currently residing in the residence halls must make plans to leave campus by 11 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18.

AKRON, Ohio — The University of Akron has announced that it will use online-only instruction for the remainder of the spring semester due to concerns about coronavirus. 

"Although there are no confirmed cases on our campus, the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding this pandemic are a significant challenge that we are taking very seriously," the university said in a statement issued on Monday. 

The university says it plans to close all of its residence halls, with limited exceptions. Students currently residing in the residence halls must make plans to leave campus by 11 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. A prorated credit for housing and meal plans will be given. 

Last week, the university stopped face-to-face instruction after Gov. Mike DeWine advised Ohio colleges to shift to online learning. Several colleges, including Kent State University, have already announced that they will be going to online learning for the remainder of the spring semester. 

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DeWine has also issued an order closing all Ohio restaurants and bars. Carry-out and delivery options will still be available. He also made adjustments to Ohio's unemployment requirements, allowing them to include those being quarantined or impacted by coronavirus preventative measures. 

Over the weekend, DeWine said it's possible K-12 schools throughout Ohio could remain closed for the rest of the school year.

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