Students will return for face-to-face classes in August at the University of Evansville. The semester is scheduled to begin August 17, which is nine days earlier than previously scheduled. The university says it will have social distancing and protective measures in place before students return.
The plan to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to end the semester before Thanksgiving beak, with students not returning to campus until January for the spring 2021 semester.
“This fall will look different for our campus community, but we are fully committed to providing the complete higher education experience for our new and returning students,” said President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “Our plans recognize the importance of face-to-face learning and campus activities while focusing on the health and safety of each individual.”
UE employees are using the summer months to institute protocols and guidelines for cleaning, social distancing, PPE, course scheduling and food service. A phased approach will be used when students need to move into residence halls, with details to be released directly to students prior to their return.
The university is requiring employees and students to wear masks while on campus and inside buildings. All students will be provided with a mask when they return to school in August. Several adjustments are being made in the campus dining hall, including encouraging carry-out options and increasing the use of sustainable, disposable products.
“Our faculty did a stellar job transitioning classes from a face-to-face to online format in the initial stages of the pandemic, and they will again be prepared for any necessary adjustments this fall,” said Dr. Michael Austin, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “Our faculty members are looking forward to returning to the classroom, with necessary modifications.”
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