Provost Jamie Hooyman sent out an email April 20 to faculty discussing expectations for the fall 2021’s return to normalcy including no social distancing, no requirement to use Zoom and optional masks.
In this email, she lists different expectations University officials have in regard to classes and mitigation measures, but nothing is entirely decided upon. Students and faculty will be updated over the next few months.
Hooyman said the University will continue to monitor COVID-19 along with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and Nodaway County’s case numbers as the fall 2021 semester .
“The closer it gets the more likely it’s seeming,” Hooyman said about a semester with less or no mitigation measures.
She noted that the University is anticipating a return to normal classroom sizes with single delivery methods, or in other words, without the requirement of using Zoom. The University also plans on eliminating prep week for the fall 2021 semester, and final exams will be in person.
Hooyman said despite the University planning a return to pre-pandemic class structures with some adaptations learned from the pandemic, things are constantly changing; just because cases in the county are down as of late, it does not mean they will stay that way by the time the fall semester rolls around.
She said the safety of everyone on campus and the learning environment are the University’s top priority when making decisions as the fall semester approaches.
“We’re going to have to do what we have done all along, which is make incremental decisions and base them on the best information that we have at that point in time,” Hooyman said.
The email also stated that the University plans to resume study abroad trips and faculty traveling as well, so long as CDC guidelines say it is safe to do so.
The fall schedule has already been laid out and published on the University website.