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Many WKU Students Arrive at Campus to Pick Up Belongings in Response to Coronavirus

Western Kentucky University

Many students arrived at Western Kentucky University on Sunday during the extended spring break. But coronavirus is forcing people to change their plans, and many of those students are not staying.

About 1,200 people came into WKU buildings between noon Sunday and 6 a.m. on Monday. But university staff is reporting that most were students picking up their belongings and leaving.

With coronavirus upending plans for students across the nation, WKU is transitioning to online courses.

The school decided to remain open for students who choose to stay and finish the semester in dorms, with access to computer labs, meals and jobs. 

WKU expects to have a count of those who are staying on campus by mid-week as the transition from spring break settles down.

Campus food service is making carryout meals available at several locations, in light of the national health warnings that people should not congregate in restaurants.

To encourage “social distancing”, students will not be allowed to have gatherings in common spaces in residence halls or the student union.

Rhonda Miller joined WKU Public Radio in 2015. She has worked as Gulf Coast reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she won Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade awards for stories on dead sea turtles, health and legal issues arising from the 2010 BP oil spill and homeless veterans.
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