Saturday afternoon, Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh informed undergraduate students that all courses will be moving online for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester.

This decision comes after Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that all schools in the state will have to close their doors for the next six weeks, from March 18 to April 24, to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

“With this additional parameter imposed by the State, it is now clear that we have no option but to move to digital/distance delivery of our courses when we resume the semester on March 23rd, and we will plan to deliver courses in this manner throughout the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester,” McCulloh said in the email.

However, Inslee’s declaration did not include campus services. And at this time, McCulloh's announcement only pertains to academic courses.

“I want to assure you that we are currently actively working to develop our plan regarding all aspects of on-campus services including housing, food service, the Zag Shop and other University operations,” McCulloh said. “We will communicate decisions regarding these services no later than Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.”

The plan is to keep the GU community updated as new plans develop.

“Thank you and please know that we will continue to monitor and communicate about this situation, which at this point is literally evolving on an hourly basis,” McCulloh said. “Please know that we are regularly updating the University website as new information becomes available, at www.gonzaga.edu/coronavirus.”

Riley Utley is the head news editor. Follow her on Twitter: @rileyutley.

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