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Message to employees about returning to campus for spring semester 2021

Dec. 9, 2020

Dear faculty and staff,

The University sent this message today to all students about arriving on campus for the spring semester.

We believe the University's plan will provide an orderly process for the beginning of next semester and help reduce the risk that the virus will be introduced and spread within the campus community.

  • All undergraduate classes will be remote from Jan. 19-31. If conditions permit, it is our plan to begin in-person components of all relevant courses, as planned in the spring term composite, on Feb. 1. 
  • Graduate students will follow the plans determined by their department chairs and program directors.
  • As part of the plan, all undergraduate students — residential, commuter and those living in landlord houses — as well as graduate students who live in University housing, must sign up for an arrival date to complete check-in procedures, including a University-administer COVID-19 test, for spring semester. Sign-ups start at noon Dec. 14. Positive tests will be confirmed by second or third tests. Students with confirmed positive results will return home or move to isolation immediately.
  • Please be mindful that some students will be returning to campus and going through the arrival process on dates and times when they might have class. We ask that you make accommodations for them if their arrival appointment and move-in conflict with class.

Thank you again for your efforts emphasizing to students the importance of abiding by public health guidance. It remains critically important to wear face coverings, practice physical distancing and avoid groups larger than 10 people. Adhering to the safety protocols while students are away from campus during the break will help mitigate the number of positive cases introduced to campus for spring.

Also, please understand these plans are based on current situations on campus and in the county and state. Plans can change at any time, even up to the time students begin to return to campus. Please pay attention to your email messages throughout the break.

We hope the remainder of the semester goes well for you and that you have a safe and relaxing holiday break.