In an abrupt reversal, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. on Monday announced the university will move virtually all in-person classes online in response to the widening coronavirus pandemic.
The decision comes just three days after Falwell downplayed the threat of the virus and said campus would resume classes when spring break ends on March 23.
“We originally believed it was safest to return our student’s following their spring break instead of having them return following greater exposure opportunities from leaving them in different parts of the country for longer periods,” Falwell said in a statement. “But, the Governor’s recent decision to limit certain gatherings has left us no practical choice because we have so many classes of more than 100 students. We want to provide for the continuity of our students’ education while doing what makes sense to help slow the spread of the coronavirus to our university family and local community.”