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Fall 2021 Return Overview
Planning for Fall 2021 builds on the same guiding principles adopted at the beginning of the pandemic. We continue to make health and safety the top priority as we focus on sustaining the core mission of delivering quality educational experiences for out students.
Our ability to implement a phased approach to increasing campus density, similar to that used last summer, is based on key assumptions being in place as we return for the fall.
The COVID-19 Coordinating Team has worked with key units across the campus to develop the framework for a fall return with input from faculty, staff and students in multiple town hall sessions and a campus-wide survey. The Fall Planning Steering Committee of shared governance and administrative leaders have been an integral part of the review process in developing the plan. Your input to these groups will be important as we continue to assess and refine the plan in light any new data or changes in the science leading up to the start of the fall semester.
Over the next several months, we are working towards a phased return of students, faculty and staff to the campus. Key elements of the return include the following:
- Academics: We will return to our pre-COVID academic offerings of mostly in-person classes with hybrid and online classes in certain disciplines.
- Residential and campus life: Residence halls will open with double occupancy and we look forward to welcoming the first students to our new Entrepreneurship Living Learning Community.
- Staffing Schedules: We intend for all staff to return to offices for regular schedules beginning July 12 to prepare to ramp up. Options for telework and special accommodations will be available for Individuals who may have special circumstances.
- Athletics: We look forward to a full complement of fall sports will resume including football, volleyball and cross country.
As we welcome faculty, staff and students to come home to BSU, we will continue to observe federal, state and local guidance regarding health and safety precautions and be prepared to adjust the plan as needed. Please view details of the phased return.