While hopes are rising for “fully” normal operations for universities’ fall semester, President John L. Crain told Southeastern faculty and staff this week “we will remain vigilant and attentive to public health guidance and will follow it scrupulously in the interest of safety.”
“While assertions about the Fall by some institutions may be overly confident, I certainly agree that the trajectory of improvement in cases as well as availability of treatments and vaccines should give all of us reason to be optimistic,” he said in a faculty/staff update. “Accordingly, I clearly expect the upcoming Fall Semester will look much more like the Fall Semester of 2019 than the Fall Semester of 2020.
“But one thing will not change,” he said. “We will continue to place our highest priority on the health and safety of our Southeastern family members – faculty, staff and students. Similarly, our second highest priority will be to ensure that we provide the best educational experience possible for our students, including structuring our course offerings to ensure as much face-to-face instruction as is safely possible.”
He continued, “The increasing availability of highly effective vaccines should significantly mitigate the need for accommodations for faculty, staff and students who have COVID-19 comorbidities, paving the way for more normal operations on all fronts.”
He encouraged everyone to continue following safety protocols and said summer school courses and activities are being planned in accordance with the current safety protocols.