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Kutztown University students will get an extra week of spring break.

The university announced Wednesday that classes will be suspended and residence halls closed through March 21 due to concerns over COVID-19, the new coronavirus that has been spreading around the world.

The campus is currently on spring break, and was slated to resume classes Monday.

University officials said there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus, and that closing  the campus is being done "out of an abundance of caution."

The new schedule is for residence halls at KU will reopen on March 22, and classes will resume on March 23.

While the campus is closed, students with internships for credit, clinicals and student teacher assignments will continue as long as the host institution remains open. Those students will have access to on-campus housing, if applicable.

Faculty will be available to answer student questions during the closure, and have been instructed to prepare online courses in case further closure of the school past March 21 is needed.

Administrative offices will remain open and on a regular operating schedule. Employees with an underlying health condition that could make them vulnerable to COVID-19 should contact the human resources department.

The university is also canceling all university-sponsored travel for faculty, staff and students until further notice. That includes regional, statewide, national and international travel.

University officials said they will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation and plan for new developments.

"We remain committed foremost to our students' and employees' well-being and safety," a statement about the closure states.

Intercollegiate athletic events are not being impacted by the closure and will be held as scheduled. Other university events scheduled during the closure will be held on a case-to-case basis.

Kutztown is one of several state schools to temporarily close campus.

Kutztown, Shippensburg, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Bloomsburg and West Chester are each on spring break this week.

West Chester has extended the break until March 30, when classes will resume online for the remainder of the semester.

Edinboro will extend spring break until March 23, when classes will resume online.

Shippensburg, East Stroudsburg and Bloomsburg have each also extended spring break until March 23. Whether classes will be moved online at that point has not yet been determined for those schools.

Millersville University is set to go on spring break next week, and will extend that break until March 30. When classes resume, they will be online.

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