By Mark Somerson
Managing editor, Columbus Business First
Mar 1, 2021
Ohio University says it will welcome all students back to campus for in-person learning starting with the fall semester, NBC4 is reporting.
The university also announced it will offer increased in-person offerings for its summer semester.
“With COVID cases currently dropping in Ohio and across the country as vaccines are deployed, we are planning to welcome all students to our campuses, to significantly increase face-to-face course offerings, and to have fully open residence halls on our Athens campus this fall,” President Duane Nellis said in a news release.
The university outlined several safety precautions:
- Only double and single rooms will be used in residence halls and isolation and quarantine space will be maintained for students who test positive or are exposed.
- Testing will be required before move-in for all students.
- Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines will be followed concerning facial coverings, limitations on public gatherings and other safety protocols.
- Classes and indoor events will continue to follow public health guidelines for social distancing.
- Meeting spaces will be redeployed as classroom space for some larger courses.
- Some courses will be divided into smaller sections to allow for face-to-face instruction while meeting public health guidelines.
- There will be more in-person/hybrid courses offered.
- Some larger classes, such as those with more than 50 students, could continue to be delivered online.
Nellis said the university is planning for its Bobcat Student Orientation to be in-person this summer.