WAYNE, NJ – In a letter sent to William Paterson University Students, President Richard J. Helldobler announced that the WPU campus will be closed for the remainder of this spring semester.

“I have made the difficult but appropriate decision to extend our impending move to online classes through the end of the Spring semester,” Helldobler wrote. “These are unprecedented circumstances on campus, in our communities, and around the world, and an unprecedented response is necessary to meet the challenge that COVID-19 poses.”

With US President Donald Trump saying publicly that the coronavirus crisis could last into July or August, this announcement did not come as a surpise to most and it’s possible that all other schools across New Jersey will make the same decision. 

Helldobler ended his letter with a positive view of the future: “Although it will be longer than I would like, I look forward to welcoming you all back to campus for a lecture, a performance, a game, or just to visit sometime in the near future.”