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Ohio University limiting students on campus in new fall reopening plan; most will take online courses

The fall semester will begin as scheduled on Aug. 24.

ATHENS, Ohio — Ohio University announced Friday it will take a multi-phased approach to reopen its main campus, leaving the majority of students to take their classes online in the fall.

The fall semester will begin as scheduled on Aug. 24.

Courses at the university’s regional campuses, which do not offer on-campus housing, will begin under a hybrid system with face-to-face instruction only for clinical, practica, or lab-based classes.

Undergraduate students at all Ohio University campuses will have the option to take all of their fall semester classes online.

In a letter to students and staff, Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis said that recognizing the changing situation around the coronavirus pandemic, the university determined that the health of students, faculty, staff and communities was best supported by a phased return.

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Under the first phase in the plan to reopen the main campus in Athens, a select number of undergraduate and graduate students will be allowed to return to the Athens campus.

Students in all other programs will start the fall semester remotely.The university says with information gathered during Phase I, it will increase face-to-face course offerings as much as possible during Phase 2 while continuing to work to keep the campus community safe.

More information on the university's plan is available here.