Two more Indiana higher education institutions can be added to the growing list of colleges and universities with plans to reopen their campuses later this year. Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne and Manchester University say they will allow students back on campus for the fall semester.

Manchester President Dave McFadden says the university is moving forward with plans to open its North Manchester and Fort Wayne campuses for in-person classes beginning September 2.

“The health, safety and well-being of students and everyone in the Manchester community remain top priorities, and we are developing strategies to deal with physical distancing, cleaning, use of masks, additional technical equipment and more when we return to campus,” said McFadden.

Indiana Tech says it will open for in-person classes for the upcoming fall semester at its main campus in Fort Wayne and at its regional locations in Indiana and Kentucky. The school says classes for the 2020-21 academic year at its main campus begin will begin August 17.

Both schools say they have developed detailed safety protocols and specialized course scheduling and will continue to follow local, state and federal health guidance to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff.

“Now more than ever, helping prepare our students for lives of significance and worth is vital work. While some aspects of life on campus will understandably be different this fall to ensure we work and study together safely, our mission remains the same. With Indiana Tech’s long and successful history of online education, we also have the ability to pivot quickly and effectively to online classes if needed,” said Dr. Karl Einolf, president of Indiana Tech.

Both schools say they are prepared with contingency plans should modifications need to be made.

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