Officials from Angola-based Trine University do not have firm plans in place as to what the classroom setting will look like this fall, but the school is planning to start classes on August 24.
The university said this week the institution is still looking at two possible scenarios, traditional seated classes only or a hybrid that includes online and seated courses.
“Working within guidelines from federal, state and local health authorities, we will do everything in our power to safely provide the highest quality residential educational experience, the kind of education for which this university is so well known,” said Trine University President Earl Brooks.
Brooks said the school intends to operate as normally as possible, even though the “new normal” is still not entirely clear.
The university said it is also improving systems and processes to frequently sanitize the campus. Brooks said the university intends to work with Cameron Memorial Community Hospital and others to develop protocols for evaluating and maintaining the health of the campus.
The school is still working on details on whether to limit the size of gatherings, including changes to classroom and lab procedures.
Brooks said his team is waiting for data and guidance from state and local health officials.
“We also know that we are all subject to the status of the virus and to state and local guidelines. We have learned much during the past two months,” Brooks said.