Fall 2020 COVID regulations announced

By Connor Ciecko

The university announced in an email Monday morning new regulations and guidelines around the current pandemic as the start of the new semester is now a mere 21 days away.

In the massmail, Chancellor Jones announced a requirement for all students, staff and faculty to be tested for the virus twice a week and that visitors must be tested before entering any university facility. In addition to this, contact tracing will be implemented in order to notify community members who may have been in contact with someone who tested positive. Any who test positive for the virus and their contacts will be required to isolate for 14 days.

Face coverings and social distancing will be required and enforced and all students, faculty and staff will also be required to complete an online training on how to properly wear a mask and wash hands.

Also in the email, the university announced the last day of in-person instruction for the semester will be November 20. All classes after fall break will be online and finals will be delivered electronically.

In the upcoming weeks, the university will be releasing an app to inform people if they have been exposed and that will show if that individual has been approved for entry into campus buildings and has done their weekly tests.

The university also stressed that they are working with the campus unions to make these plans and that things may change in the coming weeks depending on how the situation continues to develop.