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University of Tampa prepares for move-in, back to school

Posted at 6:00 AM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 06:00:09-04

TAMPA, Fla. — The University of Tampa is preparing to welcome students back to class on Wednesday, August 26.

According to a press release, the university has taken "proactive, unprecedented measures" in light of the pandemic. Students will get a dynamic learning experience that includes a combination of in-person, hybrid and remote learning.

Students begin moving back to campus on Thursday, August 20. Classes on campus will end at Thanksgiving break and will move remotely, including final exams.

Classrooms have been adjusted to allow for distancing and class sizes will be smaller. Some classes taught my high-risk teachers will be fully remote.

“We made decisions based on consultation with experts in a variety of fields, and with faculty and administrative leadership,” said UT President Ron Vaughn. “We have strived to balance the health, safety and well-being of our community with our shared commitment to develop each student through learning engagements conducted in personalized settings that are enhanced through application."

New COVID-19 precautions include:

  • All members of the University community are asked to conduct daily self-assessments
  • Hands-free temperature screening systems across campus
  • Isolation for any person who tests positive
  • Social distancing
  • Two branded cloth face masks for all UT community members -- masks are required in all common areas of campus facilities including classrooms
  • Classroom sanitization at the start of class each day and regular rounds
  • Plexiglass barriers

For more details on UT's plan, click here.