Univ. of Iowa: Face-to-face classes will resume this fall

A normally-busy set of sidewalks on the Pentacrest on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa...
A normally-busy set of sidewalks on the Pentacrest on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City sit empty while students have been shifted to online-only instruction. Photo date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020. (Mike O'Brien/KCRG)(KCRG)
Published: May. 22, 2020 at 8:32 PM CDT
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The University of Iowa announced Friday that it plans to resume face-to-face classes this fall.

"The University of Iowa plans to resume face-to-face instruction for the fall 2020 semester. The university is committed to the safety and well-being of its students, faculty, and staff and will implement recommended best practices for limiting exposure to COVID-19 in a campus setting," the university said in a statement.

The announcement comes more than a month after Board of Regents President Michael Richards said the board is planning for normal operations of Iowa's public universities this fall.

On Friday, the university also announced a schedule to resume athletic activities. Starting June 1, select coaches and staff will be allowed to return to campus. Football players and basketball players can return later in the month.

In-person classes were suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. All events that had been scheduled to take place on campus during the summer have been canceled, postponed, or will be conducted virtually.

Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa have formed committees as they develop plans to bring students back to campus this fall.

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version said in-person classes WILL resume. While that is the plan, the University of Iowa is only planning for that now, knowing conditions may force those plans to change.