Auburn University is planning to offer most of its classes during the spring 2021 semester I person, according to an email sent to students from Provost Bill Hardgrave.
"Given the success of the fall semester, thanks to you and the entire campus community, we are confident that with your continued adherence to safety protocols that Auburn can safely hold a spring 2021 semester that supports in-person teaching as our primary instructional delivery method," Hardgrave said.
In an email obtained by The Plainsman which was sent to faculty last month, Hardgrave said that any faculty members wishing to offer their classes remotely will have to receive approval from the dean of their college.
"Any exceptions to in-person instruction (specifically courses where less than half of the contact hours are delivered in-person) must be approved by the dean of your college," Hardgrave said.
Reporting by The Plainsman earlier this semester found that many students and faculty members have chosen to limit their time on campus this semester for a variety of reasons.
Registration for the spring semester will begin next month, and Hardgrave said in his email to students that the delivery method of the class will be indicated.
"You will know when you register how each course section will be delivered," he said.
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The safety measures that the University has implemented for the current fall semester will be continued into the spring. According to the email, these will include "completing daily health checks, reducing classroom capacities, wearing face coverings and practicing physical distancing, among others."
No changes were announced in regards to the schedule of the spring semester. It is still set to being on Jan. 6.
"Additional details regarding the spring calendar, including spring break, will be announced no later than Nov. 24," Hardgrave said.
In September, the University of Alabama announced that they would not be having a spring break this academic year citing the need to "mitigate risks associated with travel."
This story is being updated.
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