On Thursday, Oct. 8, UMB President Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS, issued a communication regarding the spring 2021 semester. In that communication, he outlined the following plans unless there is a significant change in the pandemic:
- Didactic classes across all schools and programs will be virtual for the spring semester.
- Interactive learning may be via remote instruction or, in some cases, where there has been prior approval and review of COVID-19 safety protocols, in-person.
- Experiential learning programs, such as those approved to resume for fall 2020, will continue for spring 2021 once approved by each school.
- Research activities will continue to be monitored and approved as appropriate.
- Although the university is continually evaluating testing requirements, students should be prepared to submit a negative COVID-19 test result prior to returning for the spring semester.
- Spring 2021 Commencement in-person activities will be evaluated in the upcoming months.
For a vast majority of UMSON employees, telework will continue through at least March 31, 2021. Limiting the number of people on campus is a major component to maintaining a low-transmission environment at UMB.
Thank you for contributing to UMSON and UMB's shared commitment to public health.