SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga University announced on Thursday that it would be extending their spring break one week until March 23 to allow faculty to prepare for teaching classes online amid coronavirus concerns.
According to a letter by Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh, classes will resume on March 23 and will likely be taught online.
"We want to inform you that it is likely we will resume classes via technology and distance-delivery beginning March 23, without being able to support face-to-face instruction or return to residence halls," the letter reads.
McCulloh also said in the letter that a final decision will be announced by March 18 and students who don't have to be on campus are being encouraged by the university to return home.
The letter also says the university will continue to support students in campus housing and dining facilities if they can't return home.
Eastern Washington University and Washington State University have decided to hold classes online going forward, although classes at EWU that must be held in-person will be permitted, so long as they don't have more than 25 people present.
Both universities are also considering the fate of other events on campus, such as spring graduations.
The Gonzaga news comes on the heels of Thursday's announcement that the NCAA would be cancelling both men's and women's Division I Basketball Tournaments. The Bulldogs men's team was likely to play their first-round March Madness games in Spokane as a one or two seed after winning the West Coast Conference Tournament. It would have been the first time the men's team played in Spokane during March Madness.
The NCAA has also suspended all other spring sports.
Other major sports leagues that have suspended their seasons due to coronavirus concerns include: MLB, NHL, Western Hockey League (Spokane Chiefs), Indoor Football League (Spokane Shock), and the NBA.