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Dalhousie and King's suspending in-person classes and labs next week

The schools intend to transition classes to remote teaching for the remainder of the term
Dalhousie University. (Meghan Groff/

Dalhousie University and the University of King's College will be suspending in-person classes and labs next week.

In a statement posted to the schools' websites, university presidents Deep Saini and William Lahey said the health and safety of students, faculty and staff are the highest priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Given the current public health situation, and in consultation with both Nova Scotia Public Health and government officials as well as our other postsecondary partners, it is time for our institutions to take concrete measures to encourage social distancing and limit the spread of the virus," said the joint statement.

The post said work is being done to make sure students can complete their academic year.

"Our intention is to begin transitioning classes into a temporary remote teaching environment (such as online, etc.) for the remainder of the term," said Saini and Lahey. "We expect classes will be suspended at least a week before they recommence."

In-person exams will not take place on campus and more details are expected next week. 

The schools will continue to provide on-campus housing for students who can't return home, but those who are able to move out are encouraged to do so by Sunday, March 22. They will get a prorated refund for their room and meal plan.

The universities remain open and research operations continue.

Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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