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NYU closes dorms, sends students home amid coronavirus outbreak

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Posted at 9:22 AM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 09:22:31-04

MANHATTAN, New York — New York University is closing all of its dormitories on Sunday in the wake of the city’s coronavirus outbreak.

All student residents, with few exceptions, were told on Monday they must move out of their dorms and return home by Sunday. Students who were on campus at the time of the announcement were encouraged to leave within 48 hours, if possible.

All classes and exams have been moved to remote learning for the duration of the spring semester.

Nearly all of the university’s dining facilities will shutter on Sunday as well.

Students who were unable to take their belongings with them were asked to box and label them with an address so the university could ship them. The boxes and address labels were provided by NYU.

Since the announcement was made during spring break, those already off campus were asked to return immediately to their dorms to retrieve their possessions. Anyone who was unable to return to their dorm by Sunday was told to complete a survey to identify their belongings so school staff could box and ship them.

Exceptions to the move-out were made on a case-by-case basis, according to NYU. Anyone who felt they had an exceptional reason to stay on campus was asked to fill out a survey to be considered.

The cost of room and board for those affected will be prorated for the rest of the semester.

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