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UNH crafts fall reopening plan

  • A lone skateboarder rides through the empty campus at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on May 8. AP
Published: 6/24/2020 5:52:02 PM

University of New Hampshire campuses will reopen to students starting Aug. 10, doing so with a number of changes and restrictions university officials say will ensure safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Precautionary changes include: reducing residence halls to 50% capacity or less, eliminating triple and quad rooms in the process; reserving two dorms for quarantine housing; mandatory face masks; a stay-at-home policy for anyone who is ill; reducing dining hall capacity and new to-go meal options; a mixture of in-person and online courses, plus various course changes to comply with social distancing recommendations; remote learning approval processes for vulnerable students; and more.

The changes will also include new penalties for students who don’t comply with UNH’s safety guidelines, according to the information UNH President Jim Dean shared Monday in an email to students and on a university webpage titled “Roadmap to an On-Campus Experience.”

“We are preparing to welcome students back to our campuses in Durham, Manchester and Concord for a COVID-19-ready fall semester,” Dean wrote. “Informed by the latest science, public health guidance and ideas from our university community, UNH is developing a flexible, in-person fall 2020 experience designed to keep our community safe, ensure access and quality for our students, and move our community forward. Should health conditions change, we are prepared to pivot in support of the health and well-being of our community.”

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