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April 9, 2021

UHart to hold mostly in-person classes, scale back pandemic measures this fall

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The University of Hartford plans to hold in-person classes as its primary format for courses beginning in the fall semester, as the school plans to roll back pandemic-related measures.

UHart President Gregory Woodward partly attributed the decision to the ongoing rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, and said students at the university this fall can expect a more traditional college experience compared with the worst periods of the pandemic.

“The weather is warming and access to vaccines is ramping up across the country; hopefully a new post-pandemic reality is arriving soon,” Woodward said. “We look forward to creating and offering the full UHart experience together this fall.”

During the pandemic UHart has offered a mix of in-person, remote and hybrid classes. Academic calendars remained on schedule, but they included periods in which all classes were strictly remote offerings. For example, in-person courses last fall ended with the Thanksgiving break, and courses met remotely for the rest of that semester.

While fall, 2021 courses will be primarily in-person, the university will maintain flexibility for students to take classes remotely, UHart said.

The University will also offer more in-person services and activities to fall, 2021 residential students, UHart said. It will likely scale down social distancing and mask mandates as well.

"As more of our community gets vaccinated, we are confident that we will be able to ease COVID-19 restrictions across campus, including residential life, athletics, fine arts, research, and other extracurricular and co-curricular activities," a university statement said.

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