The Ivy Coach Daily

March 10, 2020

Ivy League Response to Coronavirus

The Ivy League schools are, more or less, all taking the same actions with respect to the threat of the novel coronavirus and they are keeping their respective communities well-informed.

Wondering how each of the Ancient Eight institutions has responded to the novel coronavirus pandemic? While everything is changing in real time (just because you don’t read that college tours, for instance, at one of the schools are canceled below, doesn’t mean they aren’t canceled — they probably are!), we figured we’d take a look around the Ivy League today so our readers can keep up to date on the newly announced policies of each of the institutions — from admissions tours cancelations to class cancelations to foreign study cancelations and even to the cancelation of the Ivy League conference basketball tournament (Yale University received the automatic bid to March Madness on the men’s side while Princeton University received the automatic bid on the women’s side). So how has each of the Ivy League schools responded? Well, each school has a novel coronavirus information page on its homepage for starters.

Response of Each Ivy League School to Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

At Harvard University, the school will move to remote instruction beginning on March 23. In fact, Harvard has asked its students not to return from spring break. That’s right. Harvard has asked its students to stay away! It’s certainly the strongest response of any of the Ivy League schools to date with respect to the pandemic. Additionally, Visitas, the admitted students weekend, has — of course — been canceled (it’s not like Harvard needs to sway students to attend anyway!).

At Yale University, all courses and dining operations are to continue as scheduled. College tours have been canceled. As reports Matt Kristoffersen for The Yale Daily News in a piece about Yale’s response to COVID-19, “Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to ’postpone, cancel, or adjust’ all Yale-hosted events — excluding classes — that are expected to have at least 100 participants.”

At Cornell University, students aren’t allowed to travel outside of the United States on Cornell business until further notice. Any students returning from abroad from an affected country must be quarantined. The school has also published new workplace and pay guidelines for staff.

At Dartmouth College, an employee of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, against advice, attended a mixer of doctors and students. The person would later test positive for coronavirus. The incident raised fears in the Dartmouth community about exposure to the virus. As students head off for spring break, Dartmouth is keeping the community informed of its latest recommendations from its coronavirus task force.

At Princeton University, all classes go virtual on March 23. In-person meetings have been strongly discouraged. All university-sponsored travel outside the United States is off limits.

At the University of Pennsylvania, the school is preparing to move to online classes. Quaker Days for admitted students has been canceled. Students traveling for spring break have been advised not to go to China, Italy, Iran, and South Korea (note to UPenn: they can’t go to some of these countries anyway right now!). University-sponsored domestic and international travel is prohibited.

At Columbia University, classes have been canceled on March 9 and March 10. Student travel sponsored by Columbia outside the U.S. is prohibited. Gatherings of over 25 people are strongly discouraged. College tours have been canceled.

At Brown University, gatherings of 100 or more people are prohibited. University-sponsored travel outside of the United States is also prohibited.

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