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Breaking: WSU announces plans for fall semester

Students around campus | Photo by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian

Students around campus | Photo by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian


Wright State University (both Dayton and Lake Campuses) will return to teaching for the fall semester with a mixture of in-person and online classes, according to a communication email sent out Tuesday morning.

Classes will begin August 24 and will continue until November 25, Thanksgiving break. At this point, all classes will move online for the rest of the fall semester and all exams will be taken remotely.

“At this time, the university conservatively estimates that one-third of classes will have in-person components while the majority of in-person classes will also deliver all content remotely to provide flexibility to students who are unable or do not feel comfortable returning to campus,” according to the email.

Decisions about which courses will have in-person components and which courses will be fully remote are still being finalized, according to the email.

Residence life and housing

Wright State residential housing will be open for any student who wishes to live on campus for the fall semester. This applies to residents halls and on campus apartments.

The return of resident life will come with reduced occupancy and will require residents to abide by public health and state mandates, according to the email.

Instead of the normal move in day, students will be able to move in over staggered arrivals.

“Our housing staff have worked with Student Health Services and Wright State Physicians to monitor our students’ health and have thorough plans in place for self-isolation and quarantine in the event of a COVID-19 illness,” according to the email.

Athletics

Wright State will begin athletic practices July 6 in a strict nature, following all health protocols.

“Fall sports, along with basketball, will participate in the initial introduction phase,” according to the email. “Spring sports will follow as the reopening progresses.

The tentative early return schedule for teams is:

  • July 6: Men’s basketball
  • July 13: Cross country, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball
  • July 20: Baseball, golf, track and field, and women’s basketball

Facility safety

“The Wright State Facilities Management and Campus Operations team has worked hard to achieve a safe and clean learning environment for our students in anticipation of the start of fall semester,” according to the email.

High points of contact will be disinfected often guidance will be provided to remain 6 feet a part.

“We will also provide transaction shields or barriers in campus areas where frequent person-to-person interaction occurs,” according to the email. “Occupancy limits will be in place for restrooms and elevators.”

Health protocols

“Please understand when you come to campus, it will feel different. There will be new protocols that we all must follow to keep our campus community safe,” said President Edwards in the email.

Some of the protocols include, but are not limited to, hand washing, social distancing, wearing a face covering, and symptom checking.

Read Wright State‘s protocols here >>

Faculty, staff, students and visitors will all be expected to comply with safety protocols and guidelines.

Read the entire Wright State fall return plan here >>


Makenzie Hoeferlin

Editor-in Chief