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University of Minnesota campuses plan to resume in-person classes this fall

Campuses will transition to online learning after Thanksgiving.

University of Minnesota campuses are headed back to school this fall with in-person classes, making sure safety measures in place due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Board of Regents on Friday unanimously approved a framework for returning to in-person classes this fall, as well as other campus experiences, a news release says. The goal, however, will be to end in-person classes by Thanksgiving break.

“This plan provides the framework to continue prioritizing safety while creating the excellence and quality our students and all Minnesotans expect from their University," Board Chair Ken Powell said in the release. "We look forward to students, faculty and staff returning to our campuses this fall in ways that continue to follow public health guidance.”

The University's five-campus system suspended in-person instruction, moving it all online, in mid-March due to concerns about the coronavirus. 

The plan allows the University's five-campus system to teach and learn in-person, from remote locations or a combination of the two, the release said. Planning for instruction this way will allow faculty to still teach students if public health guidance changes. 

Each campus will review their academic calendar for the coming year in an effort to end all in-person instruction by Thanksgiving, with all remaining coursework transitioning to online after the holiday break, the release said. This will allow most students to remain off campus during the holiday travel season. 

Meanwhile, specific details and plans regarding residence hall occupancy rates, dining hall hours and use, operations of recreation centers, student affairs activities and other events will be developed over the summer. 

The University system made these decisions with input from public health experts, University governance groups and state officials, the release notes.

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