More Colleges Shift To Online Classes As Coronavirus Spreads. Here's What's Happening Locally.

A student wears a face mask to protect against the coronavirus as he leaves the UCLA campus. (MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)

Local colleges and universities are rapidly shifting to online classes and taking other measures to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

We'll be keeping track here of what's happening on local campuses. Click on the name of each school for links to their coronavirus information pages. Check back for updates.

USC

USC has extended online instruction, previously scheduled to end on March 30, until April 14. The school announced that students who leave campus for spring recess will not be allowed to return to campus until at least April 13.

UCLA

The campus says finals will take place remotely but that classes will shift to online starting Wednesday and through April 10. Campus operations such as dorms and cafeterias will remain open.

UC IRVINE

Finals will go on next week as planned but will be held remotely. Students are advised to get details from their instructors. Classes will move online for the spring quarter that begins on March 25.

UC RIVERSIDE

Classes have gone online and finals next week will take place remotely. Classes will remain online when the spring quarter begins on March 25 and will remain so through April 3.

UC SANTA BARBARA

UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang informed university employees and students that classes would be moved to online through the end of April.

CSU DOMINGUEZ HILLS

In-person cancelled March 12 to March 17, although the campus will remain open. Current online courses continue as normal. Alternative instruction will begin March 18 and run through April 12.

CSU FULLERTON

The school will begin rolling out a voluntary system for online courses beginning March 17 and will institute mandatory online instruction starting March 25. Online instruction will remain in place through April 26.

CSU LONG BEACH

The campus is cancelling classes from Thursday to Tuesday to prepare employees to shift most classes online. This comes after the chancellor's office recommended campuses take two to four days to plan the shift. CSULB is among the first in the 23 campus California State University system to announce a shift to online instruction to prevent coronavirus spread.

CSU LOS ANGELES

Cal State LA will cancel all in-person classes from March 16 to March 19 and start online instruction on March 20, continuing for four weeks until April 24.

CSU NORTHRIDGE

The school announced today that classes will move online from March 23 to April 19. The university is cancelling classes for two days, starting on Thursday, to prepare for the change and will be on spring break next week. University President Dianne Harrison told students in an email that faculty will be communicating the details of the transition.

CAL POLY POMONA

Classes will be suspended from March 13 to March 17 as the school prepares to transition to online. Virtual classes begin March 18 and will continue through March 27, when spring break begins. A decision on whether to extend online classes after spring break to be announced by April 2.

CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY

Chapman University will move its classes online starting Thursday. Chapman students are on spring break the week of March 23. The move to online instruction has no end date.

CLAREMONT MCKENNA COLLEGE

The college is extending spring break by one week, from March 16 to March 27, and will shift all courses to online starting March 30 and extending through the end of the semester on May 15.

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY

The university says it will move classes online starting Monday through the end of the month.

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY

In-person classes will cease on Friday, March 13. All courses will be conducted online starting Monday. The university is asking all students to move out of on-campus housing by 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 15.

CERRITOS COLLEGE

The Norwalk school announced on March 12 that spring recess will go on as previously scheduled from March 16 to March 22, then all classes will be cancelled from March 23 to March 29. All classes will be held online starting March 30.

EL CAMINO COLLEGE

Classes cancelled from March 13 to March 17. All lecture courses will be moved online by March 20, with remote instruction remaining in effect until at least April 20.

LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez announced on Wednesday that online instruction will begin on March 18 for all nine colleges in the district, including Los Angeles City College, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Los Angeles Valley College and West Los Angeles College.

LONG BEACH CITY COLLEGE

LBCC will convert most in-person classes to temporary remote instruction starting on March 18. The school is anticipating a return to regular classes on April 13.

PASADENA CITY COLLEGE

The 29,000-student campus says it's shifting most classes to online by next Wednesday. It's one of 115 campuses in the California community college system. Last Friday, the chancellor's office recommended the campuses work with it if the decision was made to move instruction to online.

SANTA MONICA COLLEGE

Updating a previous announcement that classes would continue as usual, Santa Monica College has now cancelled in-person instruction from March 13 to March 17 and announced that it will transition to online classes on March 18.

WHITTIER COLLEGE

Classes are cancelled on Friday, March 13. After spring break, beginning March 23, all classes will be moved online. Courses will continue to be taught remotely until at least April 3.

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS

CalArts suspended all in-person classes, activities, and performances effective immediately. Remote classes will begin on March 23. The school says it expects to resume in-person classes by April 13.