University of Wisconsin Stevens Point staff are hopeful that they will be able to host in-person classes at their three campuses this fall, according to a recent letter from Chancellor Bernie Patterson.
“Standing strong in tough times is part of our history and culture at UW-Stevens Point,” Patterson said in a letter to students. “Since opening in 1894, we’ve helped each other through wars, natural disasters, economic hardships and more. This fall will be no different. The university will be open – for the 126th year – to welcome students from all walks of life to pursue a robust and transformational learning experience.”
Discussions are currently taking place on how classes will take place in the fall.
“Your health, and the health our faculty and staff members, remains our single highest priority. With this in mind, we are preparing plans for several scenarios to serve you in ways that will keep you safe while you learn,” said Patterson. “Our intent, of course, is that we return fully to face-to-face teaching and learning in September, while implementing whatever social distancing and other guidelines we are instructed by health officials to observe.”
The University is also planning for other possibilities, including both fully online delivery and a hybrid environment in which face-to-face experiences are deliberately minimized to ensure maximize safety.
“In any scenario, we will create community-building experiences, central to university life, both in person and online,” said Patterson. “No matter what, we will welcome students back in the fall.”