Westminster College to Hold Classes on Campus in August

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May 26, 2020

Westminster College will resume in-person instruction on campus for Fall Semester with an adjusted academic calendar along with established health and safety protocols. As a small, private college, Westminster has more teaching and learning options than most larger, more complex institutions.

College leaders developed operational plans for the fall with small classes as the norm on campus. Westminster is following CDC guidelines for higher education and the Utah Leads Together plan with August falling in the stabilization and recovery timeframes. The college also took into consideration Utah’s case numbers and low vulnerability. The health of students, faculty and staff is of the utmost importance. The college asks the Westminster community and our neighbors to follow safety requirements when coming to campus.

Campus Safety Requirements

Everyone on the Westminster campus is expected to follow health and safety measures including face covering requirements for those physically able to comply, social distancing and proper hygiene. Specific classroom, dining and residential hall protocols are being developed.

Academic Calendar

Westminster’s Fall Semester will begin as previously scheduled on August 19, 2020. Fall break is removed from the academic calendar enabling the semester to end early on December 4, 2020. The last week of classes, between Thanksgiving and Dec. 4, is likely to be held remotely. This approach reduces the risk of illness just as the flu season begins by minimizing travel for our community.

While some aspects of campus life will look different in the early phases of reopening, the college is committed to delivering the Westminster experience our students want.

“It was clear after abruptly moving to remote instruction in the spring that our students missed parts of the Westminster experience that they have come to expect and love. They need places to live, learn, work and play safely in as supportive and challenging an environment as is possible,” Bethami A. Dobkin, Westminster College president said. “Our careful planning includes safety and flexibility to shift back to more remote work and learning if needed." Westminster will continue to monitor national, state and local developments, guidance from health organizations, and the decisions of higher education systems and institutions around the country.

Read Westminster College coronavirus updates and guidelines.