UP expects 75% of classes to be in-person this fall

By Austin De Dios | March 9, 2021 1:48pm

UP announced that approximately 25% of classes would remain online.

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The University of Portland’s Fall 2021 semester, which was recently announced to be primarily in-person, is expected to still have 25% of classes in an online format. UP plans to continue some online instruction to accommodate for the possibility of public health restrictions on classroom densities. This information came in an announcement from University Provost Herbert Medina. 

Registration for the fall will be April 12-22. When the Fall schedule is made available, it will show which courses will be entirely online, Medina said in the email. It is expected that students may still have one or two courses online. 

“Of course, please keep in mind that plans may change if pandemic conditions change,” the email said. 

Additional information was released for Summer 2021, with courses for undergraduates being offered both in-person and online. It is not expected that students will be able to switch the format of the course, meaning they would not be able to take an in-person course online. 

Students taking summer classes will see de-densification of classrooms similar to this semester, and will be required to take part in COVID-19 surveillance testing. Students can check the status of classes through the Summer schedule, and are encouraged to check it regularly before registration begins on March 22. 

Austin De Dios is the News and Managing Editor of The Beacon. He can be reached at dedios22@up.edu.