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Coronavirus: Face-to-face classes at Earlham suspended; events & travel canceled for spring semester

March 12, 2020

Earlham College President Anne Houtman announced this morning that all in-person classes will be moved online for the duration of the spring semester, due to growing concerns about COVID-19/ coronavirus.

Face-to-face classes will be suspended at the end of regularly scheduled activities on Friday, March 13. Earlham begins spring break on Monday, March 17. Faculty will begin delivering coursework online to students no later than Wednesday, March 25.

“I made this decision out of concern for every member of the Earlham community,” Houtman says. “We recruit students from all 50 states and around 70 countries, and have extensive study abroad programs.  Though some colleges are moving classes online for a two-week period after their spring break, we felt we needed to consider the uncertainties and challenges a temporary closure might pose for our students, particularly our international students who cannot go home for a short period and return later,” she says.

“Given the current spread of COVID-19, it is unlikely the situation will improve sufficiently to allow us to return to our regular course delivery at the end of March.”

All campus events, including athletics, and college-sponsored student travel have been canceled.

Decisions about Commencement, May Term and summer travel will be made later.

Earlham Graduate Programs in Education will continue to offer in-person classes, as scheduled. However, the Earlham School of Religion will also move to online course delivery.

The college has established a call center to receive questions from members of the public. Please call (765) 983-1870. Questions also can be sent via email at

For more information about the college’s ongoing response to the coronavirus, please visit

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a College That Changes Lives. We aspire to provide the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences. We expect our students to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success.

Princeton Review ranks Earlham in the Top 20 nationally for Best Classroom Experience, and U.S. News & World Report recognizes the College as one of 55 institutions taking pioneering approaches to serving students, and ranks EC 7th for the percentage of international students on campus, 25th for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” and 34th for “Best Value.”

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and


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