Will they reopen their campuses this fall semester?
The leaders of Georgia’s colleges and universities are having internal discussions with campus administrators to determine what they should do as the coronavirus pandemic continues and if there is an uptick in new cases this fall. Several schools have said they want to have in-person classes in August. Meanwhile, some schools nationally, such as Boston University, have said they may not reopen their campus until January 2021.
Here’s a breakdown of the current plans and statements from Georgia colleges:
Berry College: Officials said on May 5 that they plan to have a regular schedule of on-campus classes for the fall semester. Faculty and staff will start returning to campus in a phased approach beginning May 18, they said.
Georgia Southwestern State University: President Neal Weaver said on May 4 the 3,000-student school plans to reopen in June and resume face-to-face instruction in August “should guidance from Governor Kemp's office and public health officials allow it.”
LaGrange College: The school said on May 4 it plans to hold in-person classes in August for the fall semester. Summer courses will continue to be offered online.
Clark Atlanta University: Leaders of Georgia’s largest historically black university said in an April 30 alumni virtual town hall meeting once they reopen the campus, possibly this fall, they plan to limit access to the campus and the number of students in buildings. They may use larger lecture halls instead of smaller classrooms.
University of Georgia:
President Jere Morehead wrote an April 29 message to students, faculty and staff that he anticipates reopening its campuses for the fall semester. Morehead wrote that he and other University System of Georgia presidents are considering “a staggered, phased-in approach.”
Georgia College & State University: President Steve Dorman said in an April 29 message to students, faculty and staff Wednesday he does not have a specific timeline for in-person instruction, but the school has several teams working on various aspects of how the campus, located in Milledgeville, would reopen.
Georgia State University: The state’s largest university is considering a plan that includes teaching some courses “entirely online if necessary, while others could be offered in different formats or on different timetables,” Provost Wendy Hensel said in an April 16 message on its website. President Mark Becker said his goal is to reopen for the fall semester.
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