SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University is preparing for in-person classes for fall semester. This announcement was made by Dr. Joseph E. Nyre, university president, in a letter entitled to the Seton Hall community, “Looking Ahead to the Upcoming Academic Year.”
Nyre said that over the past year, “our community has made great strides in living and learning in the midst of a pandemic.” Seton Hall was one of the first universities to announce last autumn's reopening plans, Nyre said, “and among the first to submit a restart plan to the state. Ultimately, our planning and your daily commitment to our community’s well-being has driven our success.”
The return to in-person learning for the fall is driven by factors such as the national virus numbers decreasing, inoculations of the vaccine increasing, and the university community's commitment “to making the right decisions as expressed through the Seton Hall Pledge.”
Dormitories were open during remote learning in the fall of 2020, but were closed again after students went home for Thanksgiving. Students this semester have already been warned about adhering to protocols after the university had 33 cases of COVID-19 in resident students and 37 cases in students who live off campus from Jan. 1 to Feb. 15.
For the fall, Nyre said, “we are creating a schedule that anticipates in-person classes and activities with a considerable number of faculty, staff and administrators on every campus. And we are anticipating that our physical infrastructure (academic buildings, residence halls, dining, athletic and recreational facilities, and the University Center) will return to full or nearly full operation.”
Acknowledging that “COVID will be with us for the foreseeable future,” Nyre added that “our plan is to have Seton Hall operate to the fullest extent that is permitted under government guidance and appropriate health and safety protocols.
Guided by our existing Restart Plan and in consultation with the Health Intervention and Communication Team, we are developing approaches that will bring our fall 2021 plans to fruition. We will share additional details with you as they become available. Until then, please continue all you are doing to keep yourselves and each other safe and healthy; we must remain vigilant in our actions.”