BOSTON (CBS) — Boston University says students may not be allowed back on campus until January 2021. Coronavirus forced all spring classes to move online last month and now there are doubts that the fall semester will proceed as scheduled.

In-person summer classes have already been canceled. The school of 35,000 students and 10,000 faculty said the future depends on how the pandemic plays out in the coming months.

A team from the university is working on a plan for when students and faculty can return. They’re considering limiting class sizes and changing how dining services operate.

“The Recovery Plan recognizes the possibility that the beginning of the fall term may have to be delayed, and that a January reopening may be necessary, in which case summer 2021 academics would replace those now planned for fall 2020,”  BU’s website states.

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  1. I believe you should update this story as soon as possible. The news story you published is based on a posting which was only up for a short time. BU has revised this contingency plan and clarified. It now says (please verify yourself on the BU website, don’t just take my word for it):

    The Recovery Plan recognizes that if, in the unlikely event that public health officials deem it unsafe to open in the fall of 2020, then the University’s contingency plan envisions the need to consider a later in-person return, perhaps in January 2021. It also accepts the possibility that international students are likely to face unique burdens, such as travel restrictions and interruptions in the processing of visas, and it suggests that some popular master’s programs may have to be offered remotely. The University does plan to offer remote learning courses this summer and to continue providing the minimal housing and dining services that are currently available. Brown says the University will restart research and clinical operations as soon as that is practical, with the necessary rules and restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  2. Ken says:

    In addition to the correction noted by Rich Maltzman, the number of faculty at BU should be corrected. The BU FY2019 fact sheet lists just over 3,000 full-time faculty and just under 1,000 part-time faculty. https://www.bu.edu/oir/files/2019/06/G3b-Fact-Sheet-FY2019.pdf

    1. Ken says:

      The 10,000 number represents faculty and staff.

  3. Thanks Ken, it’s a fact that facts are important :) .

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