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GCU urges students to return home, moves Phoenix campus to online-only

The University's president stated the transition would take effect on March 23.

PHOENIX — The majority of classes Phoenix campus of Grand Canyon University will be transitioning to online starting this Monday, University President Brian Mueller stated.

The university confirmed that there haven't been any cases of the coronavirus at the campus, but has made the decision out of an "abundance of caution."

The move comes just before the end of GCU students' Spring Break, which ends this Monday.

Starting on March 23, students are encouraged to stay home to complete their coursework. Additionally, all of the campuses sporting events and fine arts performances have also been canceled. 

Mueller stated that while he encourages students the majority of students to not return after spring break, students who cannot return home will be accommodated.

"The GCU campus will remain open for those students who need to stay on campus," Mueller stated. "Residential students will receive a survey asking to communicate their plans."

GCU's mandate for a 14-day quarantine period is still in effect, according to a press release from the university. 

"We are making this decision out of an abundance of caution in order to protect the health and well-being of our students," Mueller said. "We want to thank our faculty and staff for their extraordinary efforts to support student success during this transition."

GCU joins Arizona State University and the University of Arizona in the transition to online classes for the remainder of the spring semester.

GCU officials announced Monday that they will provide a partial housing credit for those students who have moved off campus by March 25. You can find more info at this link

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