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Agricultural and land-grant universities across the Northeast are taking precautionary steps to limit the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. Many are curtailing travel and discouraging large gatherings, preparing to move classes online, and encouraging hand washing and social distancing. Here are key actions that schools from Maine to Virginia are doing. Click on the links to go to the schools' full virus response websites.

Cornell University: Classes at Ithaca campus currently suspended, virtual instruction begins April 6; students must leave campus no later than March 29 unless they receive an exception to stay in on-campus housing; commencement will be held in Ithaca, but no date has been set

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: All classes offered virtually, only essential staff on-site, hospitals open for emergency and urgent specialty care only

Providing emergency and urgent specialty care only; clinical students have all been shifted to spring elective block for virtual coursework

Delaware State University: Classes online through the end of the semester; virtual commencement will be held May 15, though spring graduates will also be able to participate in a commencement event this fall, with a date set by July 1

Delaware Valley University: Remote instruction for the rest of the semester, no in-person commencement, schedule provided to retrieve belongings

Ohio State: Two people connected to the university have tested positive; classes online for rest of semester starting March 23, no events till at least May 9, commencement postponed, summer term pushed back a week

Penn State: Classes delivered remotely through at least the spring semester, commencement postponed

Rutgers: Remote instruction through the end of the semester; all events at the university suspended through May, including commencement; summer session to proceed as planned

SUNY Cobleskill: COVID-19 has been confirmed in the county, courses resumed remotely March 30, students register for time to move out, commencement postponed

SUNY Morrisville: County has reported positive coronavirus cases; only residential students with hardship exemption will be allowed on campus beginning 8 p.m. March 29, commencement will be rescheduled

Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine: All classes online March 25 through end of semester; Hospital for Large Animals open for emergencies and essential care only, call ahead; clients no longer allowed to enter buildings, veterinary staff will meet owners in the parking lot; all on-campus events canceled through June 30

University of Connecticut: Classes at Storrs campus online through the end of the spring semester, Stamford campus closed, commencement canceled

University of Delaware: Seven confirmed COVID-19 cases are related to the university, classes resume online March 30, move-out extended to the end of the semester, commencement plans undecided

University of Maine: Part-time faculty member has tested positive and is in isolation; classes resume via distance learning March 25; decision on commencement expected by April 15; university system has processed $12.8 million in student room and board adjustments and rebates as of March 31

University of Maryland: Person connected to Baltimore campus has tested positive; in-person instruction moved to remote learning; no in-person meetings allowed

University of Massachusetts: No in-person classes March 23-April 3, all Amherst campus classes will be taught remotely through the end of the semester, commencement postponed

University of New Hampshire: Remote learning for the rest of the semester, commencement postponed; people connected to the university have tested positive

University of Pennsylvania: Classes will be held online through the end of the semester and for summer classes; commencement will be held virtually

University of Rhode Island: Remote learning for the rest of the semester, staff member has tested positive and is self-isolating, no in-person commencement

University of Vermont: Undergraduate remote learning started March 18

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine: Following Virginia Tech policies; Veterinary Teaching Hospital will provide essential care to emergent and existing patients only

Virginia Tech: Remote learning for the rest of the semester; commencement will be held virtually, or graduates can participate in a later ceremony

Virginia State University: Dorms closed for the semester March 18, remote learning for the rest of the semester, commencement postponed, orientation postponed

West Virginia University: Remote learning for the rest of the semester; virtual commencement in May, ceremony in December

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