Multiple universities in Maryland plan to reopen in time for fall semester

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Posted at 5:16 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 12:27:11-04

BALTIMORE — Notre Dame of Maryland University is the latest college in Baltimore to announce plans to reopen campus for the Fall 2020 semester.

The University hasn't had any face-to-face instruction, since March when it transitioned to remote learning in response to COVID-19.

On Friday the school announced it would reopen campus to its full capacity in August, while following strict social distancing protocol and all local, state and federal restrictions and guidelines.

“The University is moving forward with its plans to reopen while keeping the safety of our NDMU community at the forefront,” says President Marylou Yam. “Due to the uncertainty the COVID-19 virus presents, it was important for the University to include effective and supported scenarios for learning, living and engagement. These plans include various classroom, laboratory and housing configurations as well as accommodations for dining and student activities.”

The news comes just one day after Loyola University said they too plan on reopening campuses in time for the beginning of fall semester, on August 31.

“Over the next few months, we will be implementing plans to help ensure a safe return to campus for our community and continue to provide a high-quality education for those who are not able to be physically present,” said Rev. Brian F. Linnane, university president. “We hope and intend to offer a residential experience for the full semester, but we will be fully prepared to transition to online-only instruction at any time if there is a resurgence of COVID-19.”

Morgan State was the first major university in the state to announce their intention to reopen by the fall semester.

University President David Wilson released the following statement on Tuesday, explaining his decision.

“Pending any new prohibitive guidance from the State, at this current time, Morgan State University plans to reopen its campus in the fall, resuming full instruction featuring an innovative student choice course delivery model that incorporates face-to-face and remote learning. The University is also preparing an on-campus residential experience for students that will incorporate social distancing protocols as needed. By the end of the month, the University will be issuing more comprehensive details regarding fall operations to further assist returning and prospective students with their planning and decision making. The details will incorporate recommendations from Morgan’s Campus Reopening and Readiness Committee. Student interest in pursuing a Morgan education remains high, and Morgan is evaluating how to best meet that need in a manner that is safe and is implemented in the best interest of the entire Morgan community.”

Mount St. Mary’s University plans to resume face-to-face instruction and on-campus classes in Fall 2020, while following social distancing requirements and other public health guidelines.

“We are fortunate to have a 1,400-acre campus coupled with small class sizes, so we believe we will be able to offer the excellent in-person educational experience for which the Mount is known,” said President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D.

The Mount says they have been planning for many scenarios, and campus leaders are confident that these planning efforts will provide the flexibility needed to respond to the public health situation and ensure the health and safety of students and employees on campus.

We will update this article as more universities and colleges decide whether to re-open.