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SAN DIEGO — All classes at San Diego State University will transition to online courses after Friday, March 13 to minimize chances of transmitting the coronavirus, university officials said Thursday.

Initially the school planned to make the move after spring break, but administration reconsidered after a series of major announcements from events and organizations around the state Wednesday and Thursday.

“The university will pause all face-to-face instruction, with the exception of labs, during the week of March 16-19 to expedite the move to virtual instruction,” SDSU wrote. “Classes currently offered in the virtual space will continue to be offered via virtual platforms. There will be no pause to these classes that have already made the shift to virtual instruction.

“This decision supersedes the previous announcement regarding the move to virtual instruction effective April 6.”

Faculty and staff should continue coming to campus for work. SDSU remains fully open; the campus has not closed. Please share this information with your colleagues and students.

University authorities will decide whether to cancel or delay campus events based on criteria including:

  • How important the event is to the university’s mission
  • Whether the event can be hosted virtually
  • Whether the event will attract out-of-area attendees
  • Whether the audience will be at high risk from coronavirus because of age or health
  • Event size