President Thayne McCulloh released Gonzaga’s plan to have students return to campus in the fall via email today.

Since April GU has been working with a Pandemic Response Task Force, appointed by President McCulloh, to determine Gonzaga's plan to move forward during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Task Force is comprised of nearly 100 individuals on ten committees, each of which is focused on specific dimensions of University operations, and is charged with the development of plans to support the resumption of campus operations for Fall 2020 in the midst of this public health crisis,” McCulloh said in the email.

After being in close communications with the University Mission, Spokane Regional Health and other government agencies, GU has put a plan in place to allow students to come back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester and resume all campus operations.

 McCulloh laid out the “specific hallmarks of the plan” developed thus far.

Classes for students will look slightly different.

“In order to mitigate the risk of the COVID-19 virus, our plan is that all classes following Thanksgiving Break will be taught online, using remote/distance technologies,” McCulloh said. “Gonzaga will ask students who elect to travel outside of Spokane County for the Thanksgiving Break not to return to campus for the remainder of the semester.”

Fall semester will start Tuesday, September 1, 2020, and will end with finals week on December 18, 2020.

Returning students who are living in on-campus housing are able to move back into campus housing using a phased approach over three days. The approach will start Saturday, August 29. New students will also be allowed to live in on-campus housing using the same phased approach.

“Students who are serving on Residence Hall Staff, New Student Orientation, and other exceptions will receive information specific to their group. New students will also be invited to move into residence halls using a phased approach, beginning Wednesday, August 26,” McCulloh said.

More information is to come about specific protocols for those activities.

GU has a plan put in place if a student needs to be isolated by reserving additional housing. With the end of the fall semester online at home, GU plans on crediting students' board and room costs applied towards the Spring 2021 semester.

More information regarding GU's plan to move forward during this pandemic can be found at www.gonzaga.edu/coronavirus.

Hannah Hislop is a news editor. Follow her on Twitter: @hannahvhislop.

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