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Trevecca Nazarene University making plans to resume in-person classes this fall

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Posted at 12:48 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 13:48:38-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Trevecca Nazarene University has announced that it plans to resume in-person classes this fall.

The announcement was made in a letter from University President Dr. Dan Boone to students, faculty and staff.

"In-person classes and on-campus activities and operations will resume in the Fall 2020 semester," the letter reads. "Unless the Centers for Disease Control or state and local public health officials advise or recommend otherwise in the coming months, we intend to welcome all our incoming and returning students to campus in August."

The university had transitioned all classes to online in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Graduation ceremonies were also canceled.

The letter continues by saying all in-person classes in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies will remain online throughout the month of June. Officials with the university are monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. Program directors will communicate decisions regarding July's classes directly to students.

Boone said a group of university officials from across the school's campus has been meeting several times a week for over a month. According to Boone, the team - led by Trevecca's provost, Dr. Tom Middendorf - has come up with a number of contingencies to allow the university to safely reopen.

"Fall 2020 will probably look a little different from the previousfalls when we've welcomed incoming freshmen, transfers, graduate students, faculty and staff back to the Hill," Boone said. "But at Trevecca, we deeply understand the value of community and its importance in the lives of our students. We do community best when we can be together. As a University, we will strive to do everything within our power to make that possible for the Fall 2020 semester, taking all precautions and letting public health guidelines, procedures and orders guide our decisions."

To read the full letter from Boone, head here.