UofM plans voluntary return to campus

UofM plans voluntary return to campus
University of Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The University of Memphis has plans for faculty and students to voluntarily return to campus.

Dr. Tom Nenon, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, said in a letter that the target date for the return is September 14.

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At the end of July, David Rudd, University of Memphis President, announced that classes would be virtual for the beginning of the semester.

Rudd told FOX13 last month, “we would want at least two weeks of good trend data down. When we have a better idea of the threshold that we think would allow a more dense return.”

According to Nenon, “tests are now readily available for our students, faculty and staff, testing result times have markedly improved and the rate of infection in Shelby County has noticeably decreased, with current trends sustained for the past three weeks.”

Nenon also said, “We will be asking the colleges to send us a list of classes that would like to return in this next phase of re-opening by the end of this week with the information about the rooms, meeting times and class sizes. This will be a phased and gradual return. We are not yet sure that we will be able to accommodate all requests in this next phase, but we will do our best to accommodate as many as possible. We will then monitor the success of this next phase and the conditions in the community and then move to the next phase in a couple of weeks after that if things continue to go well.”

To read the full letter, click here.