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Chancellor outlines plans for fall return

In a recent message to the Texas Woman’s community, Chancellor Carine Feyten outlined plans for a “flexible and fluid” return to in-person classes in the fall. Among the highlights:

  • Everyone will be asked to wear a protective face covering. In exceptional cases where students cannot wear a mask, they will be asked to physically distance in a reserved section of the room. Even with the coverings, some classrooms may have students seated so that every other chair is left empty.
  • Virtual committee meetings are encouraged to continue to free up space for classroom scheduling, avoid inter-campus travel and invite members of every campus to participate on an equal footing.
  • Several faculty have begun work specifically related to COVID-19 including virologists in biology, social workers interested in the impact of the pandemic on teaching and learning at Hispanic Serving Institution like Texas Woman’s, and nutrition and food sciences faculty looking at food security during a pandemic.
  • While TWU had hoped to conduct an in-person commencement in August, federal guidelines still warn against large gatherings; therefore, the virtual commencement conducted in May will be the only commencement for Spring and Summer 2020 graduates. We are also following the lead of other public universities in Texas in planning for a virtual commencement in December.
  • Dining operations will open for the fall semester at the same time as on-campus housing. More meal plan options will be available for faculty, staff and commuters.

Read the chancellor’s full statement.