May 9, 2021

BREAKING: Capital announces plans for in-person Fall 2021 semester

In an email released to the campus community this morning, Capital announced that it plans to return to in-person learning at all three campuses this fall.

According to the email, the main reasoning behind this decision was the declining COVID-19 cases nationally and locally, the ongoing vaccine rollout and conversations with students, faculty, staff and the Franklin County Public Health commissioner.

“The post-COVID reopening strategy likely will include the continuation of PPE, symptom tracking, and intentional ventilation,” Provost Jody Fournier stated in the email.

As for the use of Zoom, asynchronous classes, and other learning technologies, those will be evaluated for whether hybrid classes could successfully be incorporated into specific curriculum.

“We have an opportunity to become the premier private residential hybrid university,” Fournier said.

At this time, no information has been provided as to how this will affect summer classes. Additionally, the larger context of how Capital will position itself as the premier private residential hybrid university is still unclear.
The Chimes will continue to track this developing story. To see the full news release from the university, click here.

  • Zach Ferenchak is the Managing Editor of The Chimes and a current senior studying Emerging Media with an emphasis in Public Relations. He is also heavily involved with the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), where he is the National Vice President of Brand Engagement. Upon graduating in May 2021, Zach plans on pursuing a career in the greater communications and media industry.

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