A student walks through an empty Sangren

A student walks through Sangren

WMU COVID-19 Information sent an email reminding the WMU community of a town hall Wednesday, July 1 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The town hall will consist of WMU administration, Western Student Association and Graduate Student Association. 

The town hall will discuss additional details about the fall semester. This comes after an email from President Edward Montgomery was sent to the WMU community about the revised schedule and plan for the semester June 22. 

In the email, it was announced that classes will start Wednesday, Sept. 2, and that there will be no instruction on Labor Day.  

There will also be no fall break and most classes will move to distance education after Thanksgiving break. This helps avoid the possibility of bringing COVID-19 cases back to campus after extensive travel. 

WMU is also prepared to provide instruction through a number of learning modalities, including in-person, hybrid, asynchronous online, fully synchronous online and partially synchronous online, the email said. 

The email also mentioned the University's safety plan, which is built on four strategies: 

  • Masks: Required of everyone while indoors, including in classrooms. 

  • Rapid-result testing: Even for mild symptoms, available to all on campus. Employees must complete a daily health screening. Everyone, including students, will be asked to isolate if they test positive for COVID-19. 

  • Vigilant hygiene: Frequent hand washing and cleaning of high-touch surfaces. 

  • Physical/social distancing: Maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others while in public spaces. 

“Fostering a safe environment will require everyone to engage in these habits when we're back together on campus,” the email reads. “We look forward to connecting with you and taking your questions on Wednesday. Families are welcome to take part in the meeting.” 

The livestream can be found at wmich.edu/president. 

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