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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will open its Oshkosh, Fond du Lac and Fox Cities campuses this fall.

UW Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt made the announcement today and unveiled the Titans Return Fall 2020 plan that will help guide the safe return of students, faculty and staff members to the university’s three campuses.

“We have put together a structure that is focused on the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, and  rebuilds the on-campus experience,” said Chancellor Leavitt. “With the unpredictability of COVID-19, our plan has built-in flexibility that allows us to adjust if conditions warrant.”

After sending students home in March and implementing online instruction due to the coronavirus pandemic, the University will welcome students back Sept. 9, representing no change in start date.

UWO will offer in-person instruction as well as online courses for large classes. Students will be living in the residence halls. Dining halls will be open. The plan gives students options regarding online or in-person classes. UWO will develop a team to respond to COVID-19 and outline protocols to manage student health.

Titans Return gives students options to safely move through their courses of study and allows staff to feel comfortable and safe on our campuses. For more information, visit the Titans Return website.

The University developed its plan relying on science and best practices gleaned from emerging studies focused on higher education, and in consultation with local health officials and UW System recommendations for a safe return. We understand the importance of adaptability to changing conditions, and we believe this plan allows for that.

For now most faculty and staff will continue to work remotely.

UWO has taken a flexible and thoughtful approach to build a plan that provides the high level of instruction our students and parents have come to expect. The weeks remaining between now and the start of fall semester will be spent putting the plan into action.

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