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Troy University announces plans to reopen

special to Gannett Florida

Troy University plans to offer in-class instruction this fall, and all campuses and locations will reopen on June 1, Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., chancellor, announced recently.

“This spring has been a time of uncertainty and challenge. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives and threatened health and safety. And yet throughout these days, I have been impressed but not surprised by the courage shown by our students, faculty and staff, who have carried on with the life of the University in inspired and innovative ways,” Dr. Hawkins said. “The Trojan Spirit remains undaunted, and it is in this same spirit Troy University now moves ahead to perform its mission of educating the mind to think, the heart to feel, and the body to act.”

Classes will continue online through the summer. Beginning in June, campuses will open to accommodate functions such as IMPACT new student orientation. Two versions of IMPACT will be offered — in-person and online sessions for those who prefer this option, are unable to travel to campus and for international students. The University also plans to celebrate both spring and summer graduates with a commencement ceremony on July 24.

“Please be advised these plans are being reevaluated daily and will be adjusted as needed based on the latest state and federal guidelines,” Dr. Hawkins said. “Moreover, we are fully aware of challenges posed by COVID-19 and are committed to modifying our operations as necessary to promote the health and well-being of our students and employees. This includes evaluating workspaces and classrooms to ensure safe distancing, rigorous cleaning and disinfection of the campus, and making adjustments to campus housing and dining. A team of leaders from across the University is already working hard to develop and refine new safety protocols, and we look forward to sharing those with you soon.”