Delaware State University announces campus reopening plans for fall semester
DOVER, Del. – “There’s a new normal that will define who we are for many generations to come,” said the Delaware State University President Dr. Tony Allen.
Delaware State University is announcing new safety measures ahead of its fall semester, which is set to begin in just about seven weeks.
“What Delaware State has been able to develop is the plan to test all students and staff before returning to campus and then having frequent routine testing on campus after that point,” said Testing For America COVID-19 Expert Dr. Blythe Adamson.
The University has partnered with the group Testing for America to provide students and staff regular access to coronavirus tests on campus.
On top of that officials say everyone will be required to wear masks and to practice social distancing.
They say they expect about 3,000 employees and students to be on campus during any given week. So, they will also be stepping up cleaning to help reduce the spread.
“So, making sure that our facility staff is cleaning high touch areas, common areas, reducing the number of surfaces that you need to touch, for example propping doors open,” said Delaware State University Chief Enterprise Risk Officer LaKresha Moultrie.
There will also be barriers for social distancing and occupancy limits in labs and residence halls.
Some students will take classes both in-person and virtually and they expect everyone to act responsibly to help keep each other safe moving forward.
“Courses with experiential requirements may require some face to face delivery, but for 85 plus percent of the courses will be delivered in a remote format,” said Delaware State University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Saundra DeLauder.
University officials say about 75 percent of their residential bed capacity will be in use.
They say there will also be a record-breaking number of 451 new and incoming athletes so new measures will be implemented for sports. Officials say some of those changes for athletes include virtual team calls with their head coach.
They also do not expect the tuition model to change.
Officials say it is important to note that the university will be holding virtual meetings every Tuesday to help answer any questions students or faculty might have about these new changes on campus.