NEWARK, NJ — New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark is closing its campus after spring break and will offer students classes online when they return on March 23.

NJIT will keep its campus open through Friday unlike neighboring Rutgers University, which announced today it would shut its three campuses in Newark, Camden and New Brunswick after classes on Wednesday.

The precautionary measures being taken by the university are due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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NJIT is also encouraging students who live on campus not to return to their dorms after spring break until the university resumes regular operations.

Joel S. Bloom, president of NJIT, said in an announcement emailed to the university that the precautionary measures will allow NJIT to "continue meeting the needs of campus community members who rely upon our services while simultaneously assuring the continuity of NJIT's educational program and its operations."

"There have been no reported cases within the NJIT community and the risk of transmission on our campus currently is low," Bloom said.

NJIT also suspended non-essential university-sponsored travel to or participation at conferences, meetings, or other events where large groups are present. 

The University also closed its fitness centers and pool and canceled all upcoming group events and gatherings on campus or sponsored by NJIT.