Michigan is one step closer to allowing student-athletes the opportunity to compete again this fall, but there are still some questions to be answered in the coming weeks.
University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel announced on Monday that the school plans to host a mixture of on-campus and remote classes for the fall 2020 semester. Schlissel released a video and a statement regarding the school’s plan for fall.
“I’m pleased to announce that [the University of Michigan] plans to offer an in-residence fall semester consisting of a mixture of in-person & remote classes, reflecting our commitment to public health while fulfilling our fundamental mission of providing a world-class education,” Schlissel said in a statement.
“Because of the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, the semester ahead will look and fell different than anything we have seen before. But the pandemic won’t change our commitment to the members of our community.”
Permitting students back on campus is a step closer to allowing student-athletes to compete again this fall. However, Schlissel stated that no decision on the return to athletic competition has been made at this time.
“Michigan Athletics is working with our public health experts and consulting with the Big Ten and NCAA on determining whether our student-athletes can safely return to competition this fall,” he said. “An announcement will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.”
We're so excited to welcome students back to campus this fall, & although things might look different this semester, we're sure that through collective efforts to stay safe & healthy we can still offer a world-class education and student life experience. https://t.co/in0Yy9a6nZ pic.twitter.com/RRt9FU2R2q
— University of Michigan (@UMich) June 22, 2020