Fall Semester 2021 to be primarily in-person

By William Seekamp | February 3, 2021 6:16pm

Mehling Hall Resident Assistants take the temperature of guests as residents move in to the building, a process that will look similar if UP opens fully in the fall.

Media Credit: Molly Lowney / The Beacon

On Feb. 2, University President Fr. Mark Poorman announced via email that UP is planning to hold the majority of classes in-person for Fall Semester 2021 and that residence halls will be near normal occupancy. 

“As we have stated since the outset of the pandemic, flexibility will be essential,” Poorman said. “In the months ahead, we will closely monitor trends in COVID-19 positivity and the impact of new virus variants. We will be prepared to pivot to alternative plans, if necessary.”

Poorman noted that it will not be a complete return to normal as it is likely that some classes and events will be held online. Poorman expressed confidence, however, that UP will be able to safely return in-person next fall.

UP will also not raise the price of tuition for the 2021–22 academic year, which typically increases by around 4% annually. 

Poorman also announced that decisions regarding the first summer session will be announced on March 5, and that the only thing certain about commencement is the date, May 9. However, a committee of seniors, faculty and staff will make a recommendation about commencement at the end of February. 

William Seekamp is the Sports Editor for The Beacon. He can be reached at seekamp22@up.edu.