Troy University students will return to campus in August for the start of the fall semester.
Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., chancellor for Troy University, announced the decision on Thursday in a message to the Trojan Family.
Recognizing the challenge the school has faced trying to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, Hawkins believes the university is ready to begin returning to its normal operations.
“The Trojan Spirit remains undaunted, and it is in this same spirit Troy University now moves ahead to perform its mission of educating the mind to think, the heart to feel, and the body to act,” he stated.
He outlined that the university will reopen on June 1 and welcome students for in-class instruction for the fall semester beginning in August. This will happen in accordance with the health and safety guidelines set forth by state leaders.
State Rep. Wes Allen (R-Troy), whose district includes Troy University’s main campus, supports Hawkins’ decision.
“It is great news that Troy University has announced plans to reopen on June 1,” Allen said in a statement to Yellowhammer News. “Our community is looking forward to welcoming students back to town and to having them shop, dine and visit salons and barbershops in Pike County. I hope that all other universities across the state will make similar announcements and begin the return to normalcy after the disruption of the Wuhan virus.”
Even though classes will remain online through the summer, Hawkins said new student orientation will begin in June, with an online option available.
Spring and summer graduates will get to participate in a commencement ceremony on July 24.
“[W]e are fully aware of challenges posed by COVID-19 and are committed to modifying our operations as necessary to promote the health and well-being of our students and employees,” said Hawkins. “This includes evaluating workspaces and classrooms to ensure safe distancing, rigorous cleaning and disinfection of the campus, and making adjustments to campus housing and dining. A team of leaders from across the University is already working hard to develop and refine new safety protocols, and we look forward to sharing those with you soon.”
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