All University of Maryland students who live in on-campus dorms must move out by April 5, according to an email Thursday from the Department of Resident Life.

Residents can start moving out on March 27, the email said, and they must schedule a move-out time and date online in order to be allowed into the dorms — an effort to limit the amount of students moving out at one time.

“We recognize these changes and actions may be disruptive,” the email read. “While there is a great deal of uncertainty during this time, please know that our Resident Life staff care about you and are available to support you.”

University President Wallace Loh announced in a campuswide email Thursday that online instruction would continue for the rest of the spring semester, and in-person spring graduation ceremonies were canceled.

In a conference call Thursday, University System of Maryland Chancellor Jay Perman said there would be plans to offer students prorated refunds for room and board and other university costs.

“[Student affairs vice president Patty] Perillo and her staff will continue to work closely with students who have no alternatives and need housing,” Loh wrote in the email. “We will do everything in our power to take care of our students during this fraught time.”

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