CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- It's an email University of Virginia freshman Lauren Askew said she saw coming.
The University of Virginia sent an email to students Wednesday informing them that all classes, starting next week, would be completed online.
"We get an extended spring break, but we're still going to be doing our lectures and stuff while we're sitting at home," Askew said.
In the commonwealth, JMU, VCU, the University of Richmond, William and Mary and Virginia Tech, are all closing their classroom doors and sending students to their computers.
The university is encouraging all students to return home and to stay home once they are back from spring break. Those needing to return to campus to collect things will be allowed to do so.
Lauren and her parents have mixed feelings about the changes.
"It gives the university an opportunity to go through the dorms, clean it and have a better understanding of the threat level," Askew said. "I'm in chem lab and we're not going to be able to do any of our experiments at all because of the stuff we're dealing with has to be done in a lab setting."
She's also concerned about her friends on campus who are from other countries, and said that some of them may have a hard time finding a place to go.
"She's going to be stuck in the dorms pretty much by herself with exception to some of the few international students who are there," said Lauren. "She's already expressed concern about it."
The university said they're providing housing and dining services for students who can't go home.
Askew's parents said they understand the universities decision, but they still have questions.
"I'm concerned with how the university is planning to help the students gain the knowledge but also demonstrate the knowledge in the short time frame whether it would go into the summer or whether the students would have to somehow make that credit up," said Rebecca Askew.