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UMHB to have majority in-person classes for second summer term, according to new plan

The university's phased reopening plan has most Summer I classes online, but face-to-face classes for Summer II.

BELTON, Texas — The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor announced it will reopen the campus in a phased approach for summer classes beginning June 1. 

The phased plan currently lets university staff return to work on campus. For the first summer term, a majority of classes will be held online. A majority of classes will be offered in-person on campus for the second summer term.

Here are the details provided on the phased reopening for students:

  • For the Summer I term, the majority of courses will be offered online.
  • Certain undergraduate (Biology labs, Chemistry labs, and Exercise Science skills-based classes) and graduate (Health Sciences) courses in Summer I will be conducted face-to-face. Students in those selected courses will be notified by their instructors through Canvas that the course will meet face-to-face. Faculty who are teaching in Summer I have been notified by their Dean whether their class will be on-line or on-campus.
  • For the Summer II term, courses will be offered in the format originally scheduled, with a majority of classes offered in person on campus.
  • For courses that overlap both Summer I and Summer II, students will be contacted individually regarding the mode of course delivery.

UMHB assures that the phased return "will have robust health and safety protocols in place that align with federal, state, and local health officials’ guidance."

The protocols require students to wear face coverings in "some areas." Masks for faculty may be mandatory depending on classroom setup and specific tasks where social distancing cannot be easily maintained. Students are advised to return to campus with at least two cloth face coverings. 

Other protocols include having classrooms set up to accommodate social distancing guidelines, enhanced cleaning measures, frequent hand sanitizing, avoidance of crowds and lines and more. 

The school said additional precautions will be implemented in areas like campus housing, dining facilities, laboratories, and certain classes where social distancing may not be feasible.  

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