How colleges in Denver are responding to the new coronavirus

Everyone is monitoring it, while at least once school canceled classes for a day after a parent tested positive for COVID-19.
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An auditorium at the Tivoli Student Union is filled with students during a Metropolitan State University of Denver orienctation. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

CU Denver and Metro State University are moving classes online as other colleges in the city monitor the spread of the new coronavirus.

MSU President Janine A. Davidson said Wednesday during a live-streamed town hall that the school would be moving all classes online by March 30. The university said it has no known cases but will cancel events of 150 people or more starting Friday.

CU Denver said they will also be moving classes online, though like MSU, the campus will stay open. The two universities have students at the Auraria Campus in Denver. Both schools said they would expect online classes to continue for the remainder of the semester. MSU said they would be posting resources to help students who might need additional tech to continue classes.

Johnson and Wales canceled classes Wednesday after the university said it had identified a possible case of COVID-19 at its Denver Health & Counseling office. The person was being tested and was self-isolating, according to a statement from the school. The school canceled all other campus activities.

The University of Denver said Thursday they would be moving all classes online starting March 17 until April 10. They're canceling in-person finals scheduled to start March 17. Regis University and Community College of Denver said Thursday they would be moving classes online, with Regis beginning their shift to online classes starting on March 30.

This story has been updated to include new protocol from CCD, DU and Regis. . 

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