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BYU classes canceled for three days, students encouraged to return home; all campus sporting events and performances canceled

BYU has canceled classes for three days and encouraged students to return home.
BYU has canceled classes for three days and encouraged students to return home.
Jaren Wilkey, BYU

PROVO — Brigham Young University is going online only.

The university canceled classes for Friday, Monday and Tuesday and encouraged students to go home to finish the semester’s coursework remotely. Classes will resume Wednesday online.

BYU also canceled all campus sports events effective immediately. All performances, concerts, public lectures and conferences are canceled beginning Monday.

Study abroad programs for spring term, which begins in May, also are canceled. The BYU Jerusalem Center will complete its winter program nearly a month early, on March 27.

BYU is considering whether it will stream commencement, university spokeswoman Carri Jenkins confirmed, but no gathering will be held for commencement. Individual colleges will determine if convocations will be streamed.

Virtual devotionals and forums will be held, broadcast on BYUtv as usual. The March 24 Forum with Dambisa Moyo is postponed.

BYU-Idaho announced Thursday afternoon that it, too, will livestream its devotionals. “There will be no live gatherings in the BYU-Idaho Center for the weekly devotional until further notice,” the school stated on its website.

LDS Business College announced all face-to-face campus classes will be canceled on Monday and Tuesday. Classes will resume Wednesday via remote instruction, so students may go home if they wish. A modified graduation ceremony will be broadcast and the campus will institute virtual devotionals.

BYU made its announcement via email to students Thursday afternoon and posted it on the university’s website.

The BYU Jerusalem Center winter program was scheduled to end on April 23. Instead, students will complete work on March 27 and return home on March 28, according to an update on the center’s website. It said the decision was made due to substantial disruptions to travel.

The center said course work has been redesigned so students can earn full credit. The Galilee field trip will be shortened, but the term will end with a week there.

Students scheduled to leave for the Jerusalem Center’s spring/summer program on April 28 can opt out or join a shortened eight-week summer program that will run from June 10-Aug. 12.