WISCONSIN — UW System President Ray Cross announced Sunday that students will be returning to campus come fall.
This decision was made as campuses began planning their 2020-21 academic year.
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President Cross addressed the fact that things will look different and run different on campus, but students will be back either way.
“We know the on-campus experience is what our students want. At the same time, we must all recognize that our universities will be different this fall than what we’re used to and there will be campus-based decisions on how to best address particular issues. But students will be back on campus this fall," said Cross.
A Plan Ahead Team is working on creating a set of guidelines for the UW campuses, and they are urging each campus to create a set of guidelines for themselves.
“Preparing for an in-person return to campus this fall is a tremendous undertaking, and I thank my UW System and campus colleagues, our chancellors, and the Plan Ahead Team for all of their work,” Cross said. “I especially thank our faculty and students, who made the transition to alternative instruction so meaningful. We appreciate their flexibility and understanding as we approach the fall semester.”
The Plan Ahead Team already has a list of recommendations which include maximizing face-to-face instruction and minimizing the number of large in-person classes.
They will also be making adjustments to dining and residence halls. Campuses will also be considering the idea of ending in-person classes before Thanksgiving.
You can read the full press release from the UW System below.