ANGOLA, Ind. (WFFT) —Trine University officials say it will be back to business as usual when the fall semester approaches as COVID-19 spread continues to decline in our area.
The university plans to "resume normal campus operations in August", according to Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II.
In email messages to students, parents, faculty and staff, Brooks said this will mean fully seated classes, full resumption of student activities and welcoming back fans and family to athletic events.
"We intend to return to the Trine University that existed before the pandemic," he said.
University officials say COVID-19 positivity rates have remained near or below 1 percent on the Trine campus throughout the current spring semester.
Currently, the university is reporting a 0.8% positivity rate, with more than 6,000 tests conducted since students returned in mid-January.
Brooks said university decisions will continue to be informed by local, state and federal guidelines.
"We will be prepared to make any modifications required to ensure the safety of the entire campus community," Brooks said. "However, with the success and distribution of vaccines, the continued lowering of infection rates throughout Indiana and the dedication of Trine students and staff, we are fully comfortable that we can now plan for the best and adjust if we must."