Tim Nail | Campus Editor
Auburn’s move-in process has been modified this fall for incoming on-campus residents because of the coronavirus. Check-in will be curbside and there will be no volunteers.
With thousands of students and faculty expected back this fall, Monday's reopening was the University's first opportunity to test strategies for containing the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
The Plainsman spoke to Transportation Services director Don Andrae, who outlined safe health practices being introduced to campus transportation and detailed a new scooter share program launching this fall.
The new policy applies to all buildings and includes classrooms and laboratories, except private offices and residence hall rooms, according to the University.
"This is our freedom, this is our Fourth of July," said Opelika councilwoman Tiffany Gibson-Pitts. "We celebrate Fourth of July for a reason, and we should, but also Juneteenth is when slaves were actually free."
The fall 2020 semester will begin on Aug. 17 as originally planned and end on face-to-face on Nov. 24, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, according to Provost Bill Hardgrave.
Two ceremonies in Jordan-Hare Stadium are scheduled — one at 7 a.m. and one at 7 p.m. Livestreams of the ceremonies will be available for those who cannot attend.
Most events will only be allowed fewer than 50 people, though a few larger events may take place "provided the events ensure appropriate physical distancing," the University said.
At least 10 buildings on Auburn's campus are named for Confederates, segregationists, white supremacists or their relatives. A recent map compiled by professors in the history department shows which buildings have problematic names.
This is the second week in a row that protesters have chanted and marched at the historic intersection of College St. and Magnolia Ave.