Emory & Henry College Announces Fall 2020 Return to Campus Plans

Posted by Leah Prater
As the start of the new academic year approaches on August 17, 2020, leaders at Emory & Henry College have solidified their plans for what will be a phased-in approach to kick off the fall semester.

Earlier in the summer, it was announced that the semester would start August 17 and wrap up prior to Thanksgiving, and that two seven-week sessions would be offered during the fall semester to provide flexibility based on the pandemic situation. Because cases continue to rise in the region, there will be a limited number of students who will be able to opt-in to live on campus and take classes either seated or in a hybrid format for the first seven-week session. Approximately one-third of the student body, including the first-year Class of 2024 and specific students who must be on campus to complete their degree, will be on campus. Commuters will also be able to access campus. These changes will support a reduction in density in the residence halls and classrooms.

“During this time of increased cases in the region, it’s only prudent that we maintain our safety protocols for all students, faculty and staff,” said President Dr. John W. Wells. “We’re excited for our first-year students to experience campus life and hope additional students will join us for the second seven-week session as cases reduce in the region. All admitted and returning students will have the same access to classes that are taught in the classroom or remotely.”

Faculty have worked throughout the summer to ensure all students will have the same experience whether in the classroom or in an online/hybrid format. Financial support for technology has been designated for students with need.

In addition, college leaders have worked to implement a safe return to campus including upgraded cleaning and sanitation protocols, mandatory facial coverings and free distribution of facial coverings, signage to illustrate entrances/exits and safe distancing, classroom space distancing, a pledge of agreement for everyone on campus to operate, daily personal health screenings, testing arrangements with the health department and reduction in residential hall living and community restroom space. Visitor and group events for the fall semester are suspended, and large events have been cancelled, including Homecoming. Fall sports through the ODAC have also been postponed and are anticipated to resume in the spring.

“We’re also offering a free credit-bearing class on the pandemic: why it happened, what it means to our country and world,” said Provost Michael Puglisi. “These are unprecedented times and difficult to understand. Liberal arts students are positioned perfectly to confront change, make critical decisions, be adaptable, ask the right questions, and make a difference now and for future generations.”

Personal, small, family unit tours will be offered with safety measures in place through the Office of Admission for interested high school students. The E&H admission process will include being test optional, no essay requirement and no application fee for future students. Zoom appointments with counselors, faculty and coaches are available upon request for any interested student as well.

Current students and parents are encouraged to follow the website for continued updates and follow #strongsafetogether on social media.
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During this time of increased cases in the region, it’s only prudent that we maintain our safety protocols for all students, faculty and staff. We’re excited for our first-year students to experience campus life and hope additional students will join us for the second seven-week session as cases reduce in the region.
- President Wells

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