TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Goucher College announced Wednesday that it will conduct the spring semester virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a letter to the community, Goucher College President Kent Devereaux said that the decision is directly tied to the nation and state’s rising COVID-19 positivity rate and trendlines.

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“After much discussion, the Cabinet and I have agreed that for the safety of all our students, faculty, and staff we need to remain online for the spring semester,” the letter said.

Goucher College said it will discuss its plans for spring graduation ceremonies by March 5.

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