Task Force Announcements
Important Update for Spring 2021 Semester
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021
Instruction will be 100% remote in the month of January, returning to hybrid mode on Monday, Feb. 1. The University is also offering free COVID testing next week.
Final CARES Act Notice and Update
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2021
A final update on the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds.
Third CARES Act Notice and Update
Friday, Oct. 30, 2020
An update on the completed disbursement of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds.
Planning for Spring 2021
Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020
All residential students will be required to attend classes during Spring 2021 on campus, following our proven safety practices, unless approved through a special process. To provide safe distancing, and follow general health guidelines, HBU will continue to employ a remote hybrid delivery mechanism that reduces occupancy in classrooms and labs to no more than 50%.
Wednesday, Oct. 7
Two graduation ceremonies will be held at Husky Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020.
Second CARES Act Notice and Update
Tuesday, Sept. 23
An update to the notice delivered in August about the University’s distribution of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds.
CARES Act Notice and Update
Wednesday, Aug. 31
An update to the initial notice delivered in May.
Fall Semester Begins Aug. 24, 2020
Wednesday, Aug. 19
We are eager to begin on-campus classes at HBU on Monday, August 24! Now, with many safety measures in place, we believe the hybrid delivery model will help keep students, faculty and staff safe and serve learners well. We are looking forward to having you back on campus, and we have several resources and reminders to help you to be successful. Learn more about course delivery, safety and health, move-in, dining and Welcome Days.
Town Hall Recordings
Tuesday, Aug. 11
Fall 2020 Update
Monday, July 14
We are committed to safely reopening the University and hosting in-person classes this fall. As scheduled, fall classes will begin on Monday, August 24 and conclude on Friday, December 11. However, we will extend the period of physical distancing for several weeks prior to the Christmas break. Beginning Monday, November 30, all classes will be held remotely, including final exams. This will not reduce or lengthen the semester. The faculty and administration of HBU are working diligently to ensure that the blend of in-person, hybrid, remote and online courses that will be offered in Fall 2020 does not diminish the quality and value of a degree from HBU.
August 2020 Graduation Ceremony Cancellation
Monday, July 6
Our traditional May commencement ceremony plans were disrupted due to the COVID-19 crisis. We planned eagerly to celebrate the May and Summer 2020 graduates at an August 8, 2020 ceremony, but since that time, HBU has received further state and local guidance on sizable gatherings. In compliance with the governor’s directives, and in an abundance of caution, we must inform you that the Saturday, August 8, 2020 commencement ceremony is cancelled.
Fall 2020 Update
Thursday, June 25
- Academic delivery
- Distancing policies and procedures
- Student housing
- May and Summer commencement ceremony
- Summer welcome events
Academic Offerings and Procedures for the Fall
Tuesday, June 2
The Husky Strong Task Force presents an initial strategy for how we will deliver on-campus classes in the fall, subject to change. This update addresses:
- Hybrid model
- Capacity and classroom layout
- Personal distancing and hygiene protocols
- Requirements for labs, studios and non-traditional classrooms
Plans to Return to Campus are Progressing
Friday, May 15
The Husky Strong Task Force has been working diligently to safely reopen the University. Our charge from President Robert Sloan is to think creatively and strategically to develop a plan that will accommodate students in classrooms on campus this fall while making every effort to physically distance and prioritize safety. The task force is working through various scenarios to address academic delivery, distancing policies and procedures, various student support services, athletic and other HBU events, and the optimization of technology.