Mercyhurst announces return to in-person classes this fall

Monday, May 11, 2020

old mainMercyhurst University has announced its intention to return to in-person classes and residential life this fall.

“The COVID-19 virus is expected to remain a fact of life for quite some time, and our faculty, staff, and students have demonstrated an abundance of creativity in working through the challenges posed by this pandemic,” said Mercyhurst President Michael Victor. “We are confident that the same innovative work ethic can be brought to bear on reopening our campus for in-person classes while maximizing safety for every member of our college community.”

Victor said that restoring residential operations may take on various scenarios as recommended by government and public health authorities. The university’s COVID-19 Task Force has been busily preparing for this eventuality. Plans include requiring face masks, staggering academic schedules and mealtimes, intensifying cleaning practices, and limiting large gatherings to create less social density. He also noted that consideration would be given to adapting instructional and housing models as a protective measure.

“We are mindful of the fact that our plans may need to change depending on the trajectory of the COVID-19 virus,” Victor said. “But, for now, we are looking forward to welcoming every member of the Laker family back to our beautiful campus while proceeding with the noble and essential mission of our university.”

More details will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.