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March 11, 1:30 p.m. The University of Massachusetts system, University System of Maryland, University of Virginia, Georgetown University, George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University are among the latest institutions to move classes online and to urge students to leave campus.

UMass’s five campuses will “shift to a virtual mode of instruction” beginning on March 16 and through at least April 3, the system said in a statement. Most of the system’s 75,000 students will not be on campus during that time, said UMass.

The University System of Maryland on Tuesday urged all of its universities across the 12-institution system to prepare for students to remain off campus for at least two weeks after the system’s spring break, which begins Saturday and ends on March 22.

George Washington and Johns Hopkins both announced the suspension of in-person classes, which will move to online or remote versions.

UVA’s shift to online instruction will begin on March 19, James E.

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