Truman State University is set to resume in-person classes for the fall 2020 semester, while still adhering to guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control.
In-person instruction will begin Aug. 17 and conclude on Nov. 24 in an effort to prevent students spreading COVID-19 through the return from the holiday break. However, classes will still be in session online through the remainder of the semester.
Additionally, the University will not be observing the traditional fall breaks. This includes Labor Day, Midterm Break and the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving Break.
Details on specific steps will continue to be emailed to the campus community and posted to the fall 2020 website as they become available.
“Due to the ever-changing circumstances relating to COVID-19, the University is trying to maintain as much flexibility as possible and will make any necessary adjustments as needed,” an email sent to the Truman community read.
The email stated the University will follow the advice of the CDC, specifically its recommendations in regard to higher education. This includes social distancing measures and strict sanitation protocols. The CDC also recommends the use of cloth face coverings among students, faculty and staff as feasible and essential in times when physical distancing is difficult.
However, the fall 2020 planning website has yet to say if face masks are required by students, faculty and staff.
Classrooms will be socially distanced, according to the Truman website.
The same meal service and dorm access will be available during the fall 2020 semester as with any other semester. Although in-person classes will conclude before Thanksgiving Break, students will not be required to vacate their residence halls.
The University is also planning to offer online or hybrid classes to students who decide not to come back to campus. The website states that students who have individual situations that need to be considered should contact their advisor or the Center of Academic Excellence at 660.785.7403 for assistance.