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Norfolk State University tells students to go home because of COVID-19 concerns

The school said it activated its emergency preparedness plan due to coronavirus. It took a number of steps to protect the university community as a result.

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk State University told students Monday that they should head home right away in order protect themselves and other people from on campus from the potential spread of COVID-19.

The school said it would allow people to return to campus briefly to collect their belongings. Students were able to sign up for a time to do it beginning on March 16. They are able to retrieve their things in those time slots until March 22.

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Students who could not return home, like international students where travel is restricted, were required to fill out an emergency housing form by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The University says classes will resume online starting March 23, and continuing through the rest of the spring semester.

It is also asking faculty members to make arrangements with their supervisors to telecommute if they're able.

A release said the university would be making a decision about its spring commencement ceremony by March 25. It said all other on-campus events have been canceled unless otherwise noted.

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