Ohio University's Alumni Gateway on March 10, 2020
Ohio University’s Alumni Gateway on March 10, 2020 (WOUB/Michelle Rotuno-Johnson).

Ohio University To Allow Students On Athens Campus In Phases

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University is releasing more details about their plan to re-open their campuses to college students next month.

According to the email from President M. Duane Nellis, classes will still begin Monday, August 24, but in a multi-phased approach with only some students being allowed on the Athens campus.

Ohio University's campus on March 10, 2020
Ohio University’s campus on March 10, 2020 [WOUB | Michelle Rotuno-Johnson]
In the first phase, certain graduate and undergraduate students “in a carefully selected set of academic programs will be permitted to return to the Athens campus.” These are students who need campus facilities to complete their studies.

According to the email, undergraduate students will find out if they are to attend in-person by August 4th. Graduate students will find out by August 7th. The first phase goes from August 24 through Sept 27.

All other students who expected to be on the main campus will participate in classes remotely. Students who attend Ohio University’s regional campuses will continue with a hybrid of online and in-person classes.

Students and staff will have to sign a pledge that they will practice safety protocols and wear masks while on any of the campuses.

Information about the second phase will be released after the public health impact of the first phase is assessed.