HOBOKEN - Stevens Institute of Technology has formally announced that classes will return to Hoboken for the Fall 2020 semester, after closing down their campus in mid-March over COVID-19 concerns.
"The question we are asked most often is 'Will we be back on campus for the Fall semester?' We are pleased to respond that our answer at this time is yes – that is our plan," said Stevens Provost Christophe Pierre. "We are diligently making plans to open in the Fall for in-person classes and with students living in Stevens housing – while prioritizing the health and safety of our community and following all government requirements. As we have done since the beginning of the spring semester, we will be following guidance from the State of New Jersey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and all relevant health agencies as we plan for reopening."
The anticipated plans for a return to on-campus learning will reportedly include:
- Providing masks for everyone in our community and requiring their use.
- Making COVID-19 testing available to students and working with public health officials to conduct contact tracing.
- Reserving appropriate space in residence halls and other facilities to quarantine COVID-19 positive students.
- Increasing disinfection and cleaning campus-wide and especially in high touch areas.
- Providing classes with a hybrid and flexible approach; ensuring social distancing in the classrooms for in-person courses, as well as offering the option for online classes for those who prefer to remain off-campus for health or other reasons.
- Providing research opportunities with appropriate health and safety requirements.
- Providing student and academic support services and student activities, including orientation, academic advising, faculty office hours, lectures, workshops, career services, and many more - both in-person with social distancing and virtually.
- Replacing large gatherings and events with smaller socially distanced events and virtual events, while still providing opportunities for connection and interaction.
- Increasing the availability of Student Health Services by providing extended hours and telemedicine options, with 24/7 coverage.
- Extending hours for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) with tele-therapy options.
- Scheduling staggered appointments for students to move into Stevens housing to ensure social distancing.
- Conducting a university-wide campaign to encourage our entire community to take care of themselves and each other by practicing healthy habits (e.g., temperature taking, isolating when sick, using face masks, hand washing, and social distancing).
"In late June or early July, after we receive more information from the State of New Jersey, we will be able to provide a much more detailed update about our plans," said Pierre. "Our plans are very extensive and will be evolving as we receive new information from relevant health and government agencies."
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