USF, UT officials hope to reopen campus for fall semester

Posted at 11:21 PM, Apr 30, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. -- Leaders at the University of South Florida say they are determined to reopen campus for the fall semester.

In a virutal town hall for students, President Steven Currall said welcoming students back on campus will be done by a phase-in approach and will be determined by the latest medical research.

"It may require some adjustments that we’ll need to make, in terms of the way that we gather and the way that we hold classes," said Currall.

Administrators are aiming for a return to normalcy but not without some changes for students.

Dr. Donna Petersen, chair of the university's COVID-19 task force, said staff will reconfigure classrooms and gathering places like the dining hall and library to best follow CDC guidelines.

"So, for instance, we may have to limit the numbers of persons in any one given space, in any one given time to make sure you can be appropriately distanced from each other," said Dr. Petersen.

It's unknown how or if student activities will return to campus in the fall.

"I definitely want to get back and see everyone. Next year is my senior year so I want to spend as much time on campus as I can," said USF junior Yusuf Fattah.

Officials at The University of Tampa are also hoping to reopen its campus for the fall semester.

"Remote learning is continuing throughout the spring and summer. The University expects to resume a return to face-to-face learning in the fall along with various adjustments to provide additional safety for students and employees," said Eric Cárdenas, Director of Public Information and Publications.