Universities tell students that they will not be returning to campus...

Universities tell students that they will not be returning to campus...
Universities tell students that they will not be returning to campus...
A number of universities have advised students that there will be no general return to campus in the second half of the academic year.

This means that some students may not enter campus for the whole of 2020/21 as the lecture halls remain silent and students log into class from their bedroom.

In-person tuition and other on campus activities have been kept to a minimum for this semester due to public health restrictions in Covid.

Online lectures are the norm, with on-campus instruction generally limited to classes that include laboratory, hands-on, and competency-based learning.

It was hoped that the public health situation would relax enough to allow for a more normal college experience for the sophomore.

As universities prepare their plans for January and beyond, some have already decided that nothing will change to the existing regulations.

Dublin City University (DCU) has announced that “given the likely spring public health recommendations for higher education,” teaching activities will continue for the remainder of May 20-21.

The university has also announced that year-end exams, including the August retakes, will be online, except in very few exceptional cases

DCU Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor Lisa Looney, told the students that they had delayed the completion of the plans “as long as possible so that we could better understand the evolution of public health constraints and in the hope of maximum Maintain use of the campus ”.

She said they need to start making a timetable and their priority is making sure students have security, including clarity for those who may be creating or revising accommodation and / or travel plans.

Prof. Looney said if restrictions were relaxed and guidelines allowed, “We will make every effort to include some face-to-face sessions to improve learning, albeit to a limited extent, and to include social and sports activities on the To organize campus. ”

The DCU has also extended the decision to hold the January exams online to include the May exams and August retake sessions, save for a very small number of cases.

Maynooth University has announced that given the likely trends in the public health situation, it will not be returning to large group classes on campus for the remainder of the academic year.

It said it would attempt to return to classes in small groups – of groups of up to 50 people – on campus if public health measures allowed.

The University of Limerick (UL) announced today that, for security reasons, it has also decided to continue the current academic delivery model for the remainder of the academic year.

The majority of the courses would stay online and limit on-campus activities to essential on-campus learning activities, including all research activities, laboratory-based and hands-on lessons, and certain small tutorials that cannot be held online.

Professor Nigel Healey, UL interim provost and vice president of global and community engagement, said should public health guidelines be relaxed, restoring additional personal activity would be considered.

“However, students whose classes are currently fully online and who have chosen to take distance learning can do their modules online,” he added.

Prof. Healy acknowledged that some students, especially those new to UL, may have difficulty adjusting to online learning and others may feel socially isolated, and said they were working to develop improved supports .

Not all universities have their agreements.

Trinity College Dublin said it has not yet made a decision about second semester classes or student participation.

“We aspire and strive to resume normal classes and life on campus as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we don’t have full control over the decision. How we proceed depends on the progress of the virus and government policy, “said a spokesman

NUI Galway, starting the second semester on February 8th, expects to finalize its plans shortly, “with the aim of providing students with as much security as possible in relation to the advancement of public health policies”.

According to the UCC, the plans for the next semester are still being reviewed, as a decision will be made in mid-November and a communication will be published. ”

The TU Dublin has also informed Independent that it has not yet made a decision.

UCD said it would finalize its plans for the second semester.

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