STATESBORO - Georgia Southern University and all other University System of Georgia institutions will temporarily suspend instruction beginning Monday, March 16 in response to the coronavirus.
The announcement comes after Gov. Brian Kemp confirmed the first death related to COVID-19 in Georgia on March 12.
The suspension will allow time for state officials to assess the current situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia while USG institutions test their online instruction modules and business continuity plans, according to an email sent to USG university presidents from the Board of Regents.
Students are encouraged not to return to campus until March 29, according to the email.
Below is the full message sent to GS students, faculty and staff from GS Communications and Marketing:
"Please see the update below from the University System of Georgia. Per the USG’s direction, the Georgia Southern University will temporarily suspend instruction for two weeks beginning March 16, 2020:
"Students who are currently on spring break are strongly encouraged not to return to campus. Students on campus are asked to depart campus by close of business Friday, March 13, 2020, and to remain away from campus until March 29, 2020. At this time, students are not being asked to move out of their dorms for the remainder of the semester. For students who are unable to leave campus, please establish a mechanism to safely accommodate those students on campus.
"Please activate your relevant business continuity plans and ensure the operation of online instruction should that become necessary. Further guidance will follow as the situation warrants.
"Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia"