The move to fully online summer and fall schedules was made, in part, due to the recognition that social distancing guidelines are still in place, and likely to be in place into the fall. Additionally, concerns about our access to the testing, contact-tracing, or personal protective equipment necessary to open our campuses broadly have led to understandable questions about the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
As a result, almost all of our classes will be taught online. Any exceptions will be extremely limited and only allowable if online instruction is not an option and we can ensure that appropriate safety measures are in place.
For example, we are working with health care providers on specific safety trainings to allow for nursing clinical to continue on ground, with the supervision of trained healthcare professionals. Without similar provisions or facilities that can accommodate social distancing, it will be difficult for labs, practicums, work experience, or other facility-dependent classes to be taught on campus. We encourage faculty to work with their deans on creative solutions to continue instruction online.