MORGANTOWN (WVVA) -- After an increase in positive cases of COVID-19 among students, West Virginia University has halted in-person instruction.
In a statement released Monday, WVU officials announced that all in-person classes on the Morgnatown campus set for September 8th will be canceled. Online classes will continue as usual, as will University operations.
Beginning Wednesday, undergraduate courses on the Morgantown campus - with the exception of Health Sciences courses with students already engaged in clinical rotation - will move online through at least September 25.
"The change in course delivery is in direct response to a recent increase in positive cases in students on the Morgantown campus, as well as concern for the probability of increased cases following several reports of parties held this holiday weekend where groups should have been in quarantine," the statement reads.
On Sunday, 29 WVU students were suspended after two large parties were held at fraternities not recognized by the University.
According to a press release, a member of the Theta Chi fraternity who tested positive for COVID-19, and had been notified to isolate, attended a party at the fraternity house on Friday.
“Immediate interim suspensions are used when we determine a student presents a safety risk to campus,” said Corey Farris, Dean of Students. “We know that these parties act as super spreaders. Their flagrant disregard for the health and safety of their classmates, our campus and the entire Morgantown community will not be tolerated.”
The University also will temporarily suspend and reduce the number of in-person recreational activities and further limit capacity at events planned on campus. Additionally, more activities will be offered virtually.