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Saint Peter's University is making its first precautions in the midst of the coronavirus.

In an email sent to the university community on March 11, SPU President Eugene Cornacchia, Ph.D explained that as of March 12 and 13, face-to-face classes will be cancelled and online instruction will resume on Monday, March 16.

The decision comes after the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in New Jersey rose to 15, as of March 11.

“Though this may be considered by some a distruption of academic instruction, we feel that it is the best way to minimize the risk of spreading the virus within the campus community,” the email read.

The email also explains that although there are no confirmed coronavirus cases in Jersey City or at Saint Peter’s, the precautionary measures are meant to minimize the risk of exposure by implementing “social distancing practices.”

The email further goes on to explain that all university functions will continue, University-sponsored events will be postponed until at least March 25 and athletics will continue to compete and practice as normal. Large, in-person meetings are strongly discouraged.

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