Several universities in Ohio—Ohio University, Walsh University and Kent State University, have announced in-person classes will resume come the beginning of the fall semester. On Friday, the University of Akron confirmed it would welcome students back to campus in the fall.
Since late April, a team of more than 60 people from across the university has planned for various reopening scenarios, all while incorporating advice from various health officials.
The following practices will guide the university's campus activities:
- The safety of students, faculty, contract professionals and staff is our most important goal.
- Currently existing physical distancing rules and personal protection strategies will apply to all campus activities, including in the classroom.
- Residence halls will be open and operate within physical distancing guidelines.
- Face-to-face instruction will occur, and students should expect a mix of face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes. Many courses will be offered through dual delivery, which will give students the option to take the class in person or online.
- High levels of personal health monitoring, consideration of others and adherence to regulations will be expected of everyone.
- Staffing in University offices will be kept at minimum levels, where possible, while continuing to meet the needs of those we serve.
- The full range of student services will be offered.
- To the extent possible, the classroom schedules now in place for returning students will be retained.
Gary Miller, president of the University of Akron, said it’s still unknown how high-density activities such as marching bands, athletics and intramurals will be managed.
"I want to thank everyone for their dedication and efforts as we seek to establish the best ways we can operate in our changed world. We encourage students to make plans to join us this fall and be part of the great adventure we have before us," Miller said in a news release.