Schedule changes, in-person class cancellations hit Illinois colleges

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CHICAGO — Schools are making unprecedented schedule changes despite no known cases of COVID-19 at any Illinois colleges.

At the University of Chicago, an official email was sent to students Thursday morning informing those who live on campus they will have to move out by March 22.

The announcement sent students scrambling to make arrangements.

For international students, the sudden life lesson in dealing with a pandemic means a logistical dilemma.

“I’ve got to call my parents. I literally don’t know what I’m going to do,” said Monica Greigg, an international student.

In the email, U of C students were told they would be switching to remote learning for the entire spring quarter.

“I don’t think it’ll have that much of an impact to have to do it virtually. It’ll probably be a little difficult logistically at first, but I think once we get the hang of it, it shouldn’t be too bad,” said Kristina Wald, a U of C student.

The campus of Northwestern University will also be empty soon.

Spring break was extended and after that students will switch to three weeks of online instruction while the situation is assessed.

DePaul University and Loyola University announced closures out of an abundance of caution. But students are still anxious.

“I don’t plan on going home so it’s stressful to find another place to live in a short amount of time,” said Makenzie Lucas, a freshman at DePaul.

Students have the difficult task of packing up and getting off DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus within days.

DePaul said it will reimburse students for meal plans and housing for the spring quarter.

Students at Loyola University in Rogers Park have until the end of next week to move out.

“The lack of time I get and the distance makes it very hard,” said Michael Hajjar, a Loyola freshman from Cincinnati.

U-Haul is offering students free storage for a month.

Some schools are keeping dorms open or working to help students who need housing.

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