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WVU temporarily moves classes online, suspends students for virus violations

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University announced Monday that the university is temporarily moving classes online.

In a tweet and a letter posted on the WVU’s website, university officials said the move was because of an increase in COVID-19 cases in students.

Tuesday’s in-person classes are canceled and starting Wednesday, the majority of classes will be taught online until at least Sept. 25.

The move comes a day after the university suspended 29 members of a fraternity house for not following health and safety orders related to the coronavirus pandemic.

A Theta Chi fraternity member, who tested positive for the virus and had been ordered into isolation, attended a party at the fraternity house on Friday, university officials said.

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All residents of the fraternity house had previously been notified by the university to isolate or quarantine due to confirmed virus cases and close contacts.

The university says the 29 students received notification letters of the interim suspensions Sunday.

The students have been banned from campus and cannot take classes, including those offered online.

The Associated Press has contributed to this report.