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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.

Read Dr. Jarrell's full communication, and please continue to reference UMSON's COVID-19 Response webpage and the UMB Recovery webpage regularly.

Thank you for contributing to UMSON and UMB's shared commitment to public health.

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