University of Minnesota makes decision on fall classes
A majority of classes from the University of Minnesota will be conducted online this fall. The Star Tribune reported the news on the university’s plans for the upcoming semester on Wednesday morning.
Per the report, around 70 percent of the 8,900 courses that were planned for the fall 2020 semester will be taught fully online. The school is still planning to open residence and dining halls and other campus spaces with COVID-19 guidelines and health and safety policies in place.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel sent out a message to students last week.
“We also know that some schedules will not perfectly reflect everyone’s preferences — and we share your disappointment,” Gabel said. “No matter where or how you take your courses or access student services, you will be supported by our preeminent faculty and staff.”
It’s still unclear what a majority of online classes at the university means for fall athletic programs. While the B1G is still planning to push forward with sports — including football in the fall — it is possible that not all schools will participate.
Earlier in the summer, several schools were planning to host on-campus classes with several new policies in place to protect the health and safety of the student population. However, with COVID-19 still surging in different regions of the country, some colleges and universities have had to change plans.