Correction: Suresh Garimella is the president of the University of Vermont. His title was incorrect in an earlier version of this story.
University of Vermont President Suresh Garimella expects students, staff and faculty will be able to return to campus by the fall.
The announcement came Wednesday morning in a brief video message and news release addressed to the UVM community.
“We have several months before students, new and returning, will be back on our beautiful campus,” said Garimella.
“That gives us time to complete the careful preparations we already have begun.”
The president said the school had been in close communication with Gov. Phil Scott, the Vermont Department of Health and University of Vermont Medical Center’s public health experts to determine their next steps.
Of the main reasons behind the anticipated return to in-person instruction, Garimella said, was the state’s ongoing efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases in Vermont.
But for the school to reopen, it may require ongoing testing and contract tracing, as well as precautions in classrooms, residence halls and dining facilities.
“It is all but certain that cultural and behavioral shifts will be required as we navigate a world changed by COVID-19,” Garimella said.
For now, the university will continue to hold classes online for the remainder of the academic year, as well as transition summer classes to online-only programming.
For students of the class of 2020, degrees will be conferred on May 17, alongside a virtual celebration. A date for an rescheduled commencement ceremony will be announced in the first week of August.
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