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University of Louisville announces return-to-campus schedule

The University of Louisville is the latest school to announce its return-to-campus schedule for the fall semester.

Today, UofL announced it would be returning to campus as scheduled on Aug. 17, followed by in-person classes continuing through Nov. 25. From there, all classes will be online-only for the final week and through final exams. Unlike some other schools in Kentucky, Louisville will still have a Fall Break, scheduled from Oct. 5-6.

Here was the entire list of new protocols in place for the upcoming semester:

Return to campus

  • Fall semester classes for undergraduates will begin as scheduled Aug. 17.
  • Move-in will be extended to multiple days with extended hours to promote physical distancing.
  • In-person classes will meet on campus through Wednesday, Nov. 25, at which point all classes will be online-only for the final week and through final exams, but dorms will remain open for students who wish to stay through Thanksgiving or return after.
  • Units can offer up to 50% of their courses online, but over 50% of courses will be taught as hybrids with a high degree of in-person opportunities. The hybrid model enables the university to quickly switch to online-only if necessary.
  • Students who wish to take a fully online schedule of courses may do so but not all courses will be available in an online only format.
  • Fall Break will continue Oct. 5-6, as scheduled.
  • Both the Fall 2020 and the previously postponed Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies will be held in December.

Student, Faculty & Staff Safety

  • Students, faculty and staff must comply with state and federal safety guidelines.
  • All members of the campus community must wear masks and practice physical distancing in public areas.
  • Flu shots are highly recommended of all students, faculty and staff in order to protect the community from flu and to avoid overwhelming the campus and community health care systems should flu season be bad this year.
  • UofL will make testing available to all faculty, students and staff, with emphasis on those displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
  • UofL will conduct contact tracing in order to monitor and prevent the spread of infection.
  • Physical distancing support will include floor markings, table arrangement, room density management, technological solutions for meetings and classes, barrier/sneeze guard installation, one-way traffic flow in and through buildings and stairways and extensive signage.
  • Physical Plant will enhance cleaning and disinfecting throughout campus.
  • The university will dramatically increase the availability of hand sanitizer and disinfection kits for classrooms.
  • Increased air flow/fresh outside air exchanges through buildings where possible.

Back on June 16, the University of Kentucky released its final plan for the fall semester, with a similar return and end of in-person instruction. Students will begin in-person classes on August 17, but the academic calendar will not include a fall break or Labor Day holiday and in-person instruction will conclude at Thanksgiving, with final examinations administered remotely after Thanksgiving break. Employees will begin to return to campus in a phased approach in mid-to-late July.

Eastern Kentucky University will also begin on August 17 and end the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving, with online final exams taking place the week of November 30. EKU will also be eliminating its Fall Break to add two instructional days prior to the Thanksgiving end date.

Western Kentucky University’s in-person classes will return August 24 and end November 20. After Thanksgiving, WKU’s classes will resume via remote learning, with online final exams set to take place the week of December 7.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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