NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (WFFT) — Manchester University President Dave McFadden announced Thursday that the school will move forward to open its North Manchester and Fort Wayne campuses in the fall.
“After careful consideration and weighing a number of options, Manchester University plans to open its campuses in fall 2020,” I want to thank you once again for your resilience, flexibility and granting grace during trying times,” McFadden said in emails to the university.
Before students and employees return, the Manchester officials say the university will provide online training to share what their expectations are and what individuals can do to reduce risks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“While this schedule might need to change based on what transpires with COVID-19, and state and federal guidelines for higher education, making this announcement now gives everyone time to plan for fall 2020,” McFadden said.
Officials say the University anticipates bringing students back to each of its campuses using its standard timeline, starting in August.
Some MU students arrive on campus as early as two weeks before the start of classes, according to a release.
In-person classes will begin Sept. 2.
Manchester will also move to remote teaching and learning after Thanksgiving.
The semester will end Dec. 18. “Finishing the last two weeks of the semester remotely will minimize student travel to and from potential hot spots over Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving break will be extended to a full week, allowing additional time for students to travel home.”
To see the three-phase reopening plan leading up to the first day of classes, visit the MU website.