Rutgers reveals plans to have mostly remote courses for fall semester
Rutgers University has revealed that a majority of its classes in the fall semester will be conducted remotely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The school released a statement on Monday.
Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway made the announcement regarding the fall semester.
“I am writing today to inform you that after careful consideration of all possible models for safely and effectively delivering instruction during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Rutgers is planning for a Fall 2020 semester that will combine a majority of remotely delivered courses with a limited number of in-person classes,” Holloway wrote. “Each of the chancellors will be communicating later today with more detail about what this means for the students they serve.
“This decision was not made easily or hastily. We have had extensive consultation with our public health experts, faculty, deans, provosts, and chancellors over the past several months. We have wanted very fervently to be able to resume some version of a normal semester. But given the continued increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, the near-term outlook for the public health crisis in our state, and the uncertainty about the course of the pandemic, we had to make a different decision. Because of the ongoing requirements for social distancing and guided by our paramount priority of safeguarding the people of our university community, we determined that most courses this fall will have to rely on remote methods of instruction—delivered both in real-time and asynchronously.”
Rutgers will have limited on-campus housing and there will be no campus events or activities for the fall, according to Rutgers.edu. A decision on athletics has not yet been made.
“Decisions regarding the upcoming athletic season will continue to be guided by state requirements and policies developed by the campuses’ respective athletic conferences,” the website says.
Though several schools initially announced plans to reopen in the fall, recent spikes of COVID-19 cases in parts of the country could curve those plans. Late last week, USC halted its approach to on-campus classes and will also host primarily remote coursework.