ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Muhlenberg College will welcome students back to campus this fall, with new safety measures in place.
On-campus classes will start Monday, Aug. 24, a week earlier than originally planned, the college said in a news release.
The college will not have a fall break in order to minimize the risk of students contracting COVID-19 at home or during travel, the college said.
On-campus instruction will end Friday, November 20 and be followed by a week-long break prior to Thanksgiving. Classes will resume virtually on Monday, November 30, with final exams scheduled for the week of December 7.
Students, faculty, and staff will be required to wear a mask and adhere to handwashing and physical distancing protocols. People with medical conditions that inhibit use of a mask will be offered alternative solutions. The college is finalizing protocols for testing, contact tracing and daily health monitoring.
Muhlenberg staff are completing the installation of hands-free bathroom fixtures, and signs and floor markings are being placed around campus to remind community members of physical distancing practices. Plexiglass dividers are being placed in high-traffic areas, and extensive cleaning and disinfecting protocols are in effect, the college said.
Courses will be offered in a variety of formats, including in-person with physical distancing practices, a hybrid model that offers both in-person and online instruction, and fully remote learning.
Many campus events, such as lectures, presentations and meetings, will take place virtually.