On Monday, Columbia University canceled classes after someone involved with the school was quarantined after being exposed to the COVID-19 virus:
Columbia University has canceled classes for Monday and Tuesday and will teach classes remotely for the rest of the week after a university member was quarantined after being exposed to the new coronavirus https://t.co/mfT0sjyDcH
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 9, 2020
And then the students immediately gathered in the middle of campus to enjoy the rest of the day:
Current Columbia Covid Anxiety:
Classes are cancelled, but fears of gathering have not overtaken the power of a nice day pic.twitter.com/OHp8fLLv4W
— Stephen Stirling (@SStirling) March 9, 2020
Never let a sunny day go to waste:
"Columbia University students sprawled on blankets on campus lawns, played Spikeball and tossed Frisbees in the warm sun Monday after the sudden cancellation of classes due to concerns about coronavirus.”
— Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind) March 10, 2020
Columbia goes on spring break next week, but Harvard one-upped them and told its students not to even bother coming back to campus:
BREAKING: Harvard classes will move online starting March 23 due to a growing global coronavirus outbreak, University President Lawrence S. Bacow announced in an email Tuesday morning. The University has asked students not to return from spring break. https://t.co/rKkapq50nt
— The Harvard Crimson (@thecrimson) March 10, 2020
Students: We encourage you to stay home after spring break — the University will make sure you are able to meet your academic requirements remotely.
— Princeton University (@Princeton) March 9, 2020
Great. The full cost of attending the schools is about $70,000 per year and they’re going to switch to online education? Will they be issuing refunds?