BU announces ‘full-time, in-person Fall 2021 semester’

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BLOOMSBURG, Pa. — This afternoon, students received an email from Bloomsburg University President, Dr. Bashar Hanna, stating plans for an in-person fall semester.

He writes: “I am excited to announce that Bloomsburg University plans to return to a full-time, in-person Fall 2021 semester. The intent is to offer in-person instruction to students so that they are fully immersed in an on-campus setting with maximal opportunities for face-to-face engagement with faculty, staff, and fellow students.”

The university will implement COVID safety measures to protect the campus community. The email communicates plans are still in development, but they will include planned capacity of no more than two students in traditional residence hall rooms and single-person apartment rooms, the opening of all on-campus dining facilities and intercollegiate student-athlete competitions with some form of fan attendance restrictions.

In the email, Dr. Hanna says, “we will also be prepared to adjust our plans accordingly, if necessary.”

After almost a year of mostly remote learning, students are hopeful the in-person fall semester will pan out.

“I am excited to get back into the classroom and finally get to use the equipment for my telecommunications courses. I never had the opportunity to use the university’s cameras, tripods or microphones because my classes got moved online,” says sophomore Eva Wozniak.

Wozniak believes getting hands-on experience is pivotal to student success, adding it’s difficult to learn how to use industry software on Zoom.

The Fall 2021 semester will begin on Monday, Aug. 23.

*Featured image credit to: Bloomsburg Athletics

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