Fall 2020 instruction report draft

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The beginning of the Fall 2020 Instruction Report Draft which was sent to students on Thursday.

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

The University sent out a mass mail on June 3 that shared the COVID-19 Academic Affairs Team draft report for the upcoming fall semester. The draft does not represent a final decision on the University’s end but gives insight into what the fall semester may look like after further consideration.

The report highlighted the fact that full face-to-face instruction is unlikely to occur in the fall and the University is currently considering a hybrid academic semester which would include a combination of in-person and online classes.

In order to ensure health and safety guidelines are met all campus members will be tested for the virus when they return to campus in August. Social distancing and face-covering rules will be mandatory on campus as well in order to decrease the risk of infection.

New and continuing students have the option to not return to campus and complete their courses online if needed as all courses should be accessible online. Faculty who are unable to return to campus also have the opportunity to teach remotely as need be.

Classes that remain in-person will be limited due to social distancing and timings will be altered to reduce risks of crowded pass times.

All in-person instruction will end on November 20 which is the beginning of fall break to minimize the number of times students return to campus. The last 8 days of classes and final exams will be online as a result of this change.

A full report will be shared with the public in mid-June and feedback can be given to the University concerning the draft by June 10 at 5 p.m.

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