Troy University plans to reopen all campuses and locations June 1, Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. announced Friday.
In a news release, he also announced the university will offer in-class instruction come fall semester beginning in August, but summer classes will continue online.
“This spring has been a time of uncertainty and challenge,” Hawkins said. “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. 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.”
Beginning in June, campuses will open to accommodate functions, such as the IMPACT new student orientation. Two versions of IMPACT will be offered — in-person and online — for those who prefer, are unable to travel to campus and for international students.
The university also plans to celebrate spring and summer graduates with a commencement ceremony July 24.
“Please be advised these plans are being re-evaluated daily and will be adjusted as needed based on the latest state and federal guidelines,” 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 work spaces 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.”
Gov. Kay Ivey’s “safer at home” emergency health order issued earlier this week states that education institutions must remain closed to in-person instruction, but could still hold daytime special activities.
“Throughout this crisis, I have been encouraged to see Troy University’s culture of caring on full display as Trojans everywhere rose to meet this challenge head-on,” Hawkins said in a letter to students. “Our students, faculty, and staff have reached out to the community through acts of service, offering resources and support. Our world-class researchers are looking for solutions to the challenges created by the virus. And our faculty, staff and students have used technology in innovative ways to stay connected and continue the mission of the university.”