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Fall 2020 Plan to Reopen

University of Mount Union Fall 2020 Plan to Reopen

The University of Mount Union is making plans to resume face-to-face instruction and residential operations this fall. Our plans for welcoming our community back to campus for the start of the 2020-2021 academic year are summarized below.

We recognize that important modifications regarding living and learning, particularly in terms of creating safe distancing in classrooms, campus housing, and dining and group meeting venues, are needed. The University will adapt its operations to comply with the decisions of federal, state, and local authorities and public health officials.

 

A Focus on Health and Safety

The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors are at the forefront of our planning. We are fortunate to enjoy close proximity and a robust partnership with Aultman Alliance Community Hospital, which is across the street from the University’s campus. Our campus health center is located in the professional office building on the hospital’s campus, allowing our students and staff to access a full range of needed medical treatments and services. Staff from Aultman Alliance Community Hospital, representatives from the City of Alliance’s Health Department, faculty members from the University’s health sciences programs, and staff from across the University are serving on a Health and Safety Committee that is planning for a safe restart of face-to-face teaching and residential operation in August.

 

Ongoing Planning

Throughout the summer, members of campus planning groups will be focused on academic instruction, monitoring and responding to health and safety issues, and evaluation of classrooms, residences, dining facilities, meeting venues, and workplaces to ensure the safety of our students and our faculty and staff. As these groups continue their efforts, additional details will be communicated.

A Revised Academic Calendar

After careful review, and with the support of the University registrar and the director of student financial aid, the 2020 Fall Semester will be amended due to the current pandemic. The semester will begin as planned on August 24, 2020. However, there will be no Fall Break or final exam week. The semester will officially end at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.

This updated semester end coincides with the originally-planned Thanksgiving break. Both the first half semester session and second half semester session have been condensed to seven weeks (the start and end dates of both have been adjusted) and will not include any specific final exam days. Faculty members will develop alternatives to the traditional final exam week.

View the revised 2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Calendar. The University registrar will begin updating dates to reflect these changes in Self-Service, and will work with the graduate program directors on addressing needed adjustments to the Graduate Calendar.

Previous Communications

Read the communication provided to members of the Mount Union community in regards to reopening plans in the fall.