August 11, 2020

BREAKING: University Announces Plans for Returning to Campus this Fall

The University is developing plans for students to return to campus this fall.

In a University update sent to students, faculty, and staff on May 5th, Capital shared that it hopes to reopen campus to students in the fall.

“One of the reasons Capital University has thrived for 190 years is the value it places on face-to-face interactions to build a community of connected, purposeful, lifelong learners,” said Denise Russell over email. “While there still is much we don’t know, we believe with careful planning and preparation we can safely bring the Capital Family back together on campus for Fall Semester 2020.”

The University is developing plans with guidance from the Ohio Dept. of Health and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. Whilst the University remains hopeful for a return to in-person instruction this fall, it has not ruled out the option of continuing online learning.

“Even with all of this planning, if we don’t believe we can safely return in August, we will be fully prepared to extend our remote learning,” said Russell.

Options currently being explored include smaller classes, reconfigured meeting spaces, and lower occupancy in residential units. Food service practices would be adapted to maintain social distancing, enhanced cleaning protocols would be enacted, and changes to the course schedule are also being discussed.

The University is also working in collaboration with the NCAA and Ohio Athletic Conference to resume University athletics come fall.

Additional updates will be communicated over email in the form of weekly Tuesday updates. For more information regarding COVID-19 and Capital University, please see the official University website.

  • Zach Ferenchak is a current Senior studying Emerging Media with an emphasis in PR. Along with serving as managing editor for The Chimes, Zach is heavily involved with the Public Relations Student Society of America, where he serves as the organization's incoming National Vice President of Brand Engagement. He is an avid communicator who hopes to one day elevate brands and causes through effective storytelling.

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