University to host town hall meetings on plans for fall semester

By News@TheU

University to host town hall meetings on plans for fall semester

By News@TheU
University leadership will provide details to students, families, faculty, and staff about the reopening of campus and in-person instruction that begins this August.

University of Miami leaders will outline their plan to reopen campus for in-person classes this August while also answering questions from students, families, faculty, and staff in two virtual town hall meetings on Tuesday, June 30.

The reopening plan—which also includes repopulating campus residence halls—is guided by four pillars: testing, tracing, and tracking; cleaning and disinfecting; protecting personal space; and vaccinating. The plan represents a culmination of effort from leadership and health care experts throughout the University to provide a framework for students to safely return for in-person classes.

Some details include starting classes a week earlier, on Monday, Aug. 17, and completing on-campus instruction before Thanksgiving, with final exams being held remotely. This enables students to travel home for the November holiday without returning to campus until the spring semester, thus limiting the frequency of travel and potential for virus transmission and spread.

To learn more, tune in to the town halls.

When:

Faculty and staff town hall —3 p.m. EDT. Register

Students and families’ town hall —5:30 p.m. EDT. Register

Town Hall participants:

Julio Frenk, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., president of the University of Miami

Jeffrey Duerk, Ph.D., executive vice president for academic affairs and provost

Jacqueline Travisano, Ed.D., executive vice president for business and finance and chief operating officer

Patricia A. Whitely, Ed.D., vice president for student affairs

Erin N. Kobetz, Ph.D., M.P.H., vice provost for research

Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Howard Anapol, M.D., director of Student Health Services

Please send questions beforehand:

Faculty, staff, students, and their families are invited to submit questions prior to the Zoom meetings

Zoom is available at no cost to University of Miami students, faculty, and staff. Instructions on how to create your account and use the platform are available here.