Mount St. Mary's University plans to return to "near-normal" operations and face-to-face instruction for undergraduate students for the fall 2021 semester, according to university officials.

Remote learning and teaching options will only be available by exception.

This school year, the university in Emmitsburg offered classes in a hybrid format with a vast majority of students living on campus with health restrictions in place. According to a news release, only 15 percent of students this year chose a fully remote learning environment.

In a prepared statement, Mount St. Mary's President Timothy Trainor said he expects many members of the Mount community to be vaccinated by the time the fall semester arrives.

"As a result, our planning for the fall is based on the expectation that we will be approaching pre-COVID-19 conditions,” Trainor said. “This not only means a return to full on-campus instruction, but also the complete range of on-campus living, learning, research, service and extracurricular activities that are a major part of the Mount experience.”

Undergraduate classes are scheduled to begin on Aug. 23, with first-year students moving in on Aug. 19.

The university also plans to resume offering study abroad opportunities to students in December.  

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gabrielshorn2013

Hopefully they will do as Rutgers did, and require that all returning students provide proof of immunization.

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