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HARRISBURG, Pa. - A framework is now in place to help the state system's universities determine how they reopen for the fall semester.

The board of governors for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education on Wednesday approved guidance that focuses on health and safety standards.

Officials said each university is making plans that will allow for some form of face-to-face instruction. They said the universities must have plans in place to deal with new COVID-19 cases as well as the possibility that in-person classes have to be suspended.

"Every university in our system is unique and operates in counties with varying degrees of pandemic severity," said Cindy Shapira, the board's chair. "It's important for us to balance their independence with a systemwide approach emphasizing safety standards for all students, faculty, and employees."

Officials said the plans will be finalized in the coming weeks.

The state system's 14 universities include East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, Millersville, and West Chester.

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