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Gonzaga University announces closure of residence halls

UPDATED: Tue., March 17, 2020

Freshman move-in day was busy at Catherine-Monica Hall, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, on the Gonzaga University campus. Now residences halls are being largely empty due to coronavirus. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Freshman move-in day was busy at Catherine-Monica Hall, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, on the Gonzaga University campus. Now residences halls are being largely empty due to coronavirus. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga University announced Tuesday evening it will close residence halls to students starting March 27.

“We had hoped to find a way to welcome students back to their on-campus housing,” University President Thayne McCulloh said in a message to students and staff. “Because of these public health directives and our concern for the well-being of the Gonzaga community, we cannot reopen the residence halls.”

The university initially announced it would extend its spring break by a week until Monday, then said Saturday classes would resume online.

Now students will not have access to residential facilities with student ID cards beginning at 5 p.m. on March 27, but all students will have the opportunity to remove belongings from residence halls until April 13, according to McCulloh.

Students without other housing options, such as international students, will be approved to remain on campus on a case-by-case basis but will agree to restrictive standards to reduce the risk of viral disease transmission.

Students will be issued refunds for room and board fees as well as meal plans for the remainder of the semester by April 10, according to McCulloh. On-campus meal services will continue to provide to-go meal options.

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