Task Force Announcements

Gift Card for Vaccinated Huskies

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

To encourage all students, faculty, and staff to protect themselves and others by being vaccinated, we are announcing a voluntary opt-in program.

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We Will All Be Back Together

Monday, July 19, 2021

Updates for the fall semester including information about vaccinations, quarantining and facilities.

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CRRSAA Notice and Update

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Another update on the disbursement of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II).

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CRRSAA Notice and Update

Friday, July 9, 2021

An update on the disbursement of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II).

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Normal Operations Resume on June 1

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

We are happy to announce we will resume fully in-person classes and campus occupancy standards this fall.

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Masks Will Still Be Required on Campus

Friday, March 5, 2021

HBU will maintain all current masking, social distancing, and disinfecting activities through the end of the spring semester.

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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.

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Final CARES Act Notice and Update

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2021

A final update on the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds.

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Third CARES Act Notice and Update

Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

An update on the completed disbursement of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds.

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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%.

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November Commencement

Wednesday, Oct. 7

Two graduation ceremonies will be held at Husky Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020.

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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.

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CARES Act Notice and Update

Wednesday, Aug. 31

An update to the initial notice delivered in May.

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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.

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Town Hall Recordings

Tuesday, Aug. 11

The University recently held two virtual town halls led by Husky Strong Task Force officials.  View recordings of the session for new students and the one held for returning students.

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.

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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.

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Fall 2020 Update

Thursday, June 25

Plans to return to campus this fall are progressing as the Husky Strong Task Force has been working diligently to minimize disruptions to the Fall 2020 calendar while following the guidance of experts and authorities.  This update covers:
  • Academic delivery
  • Distancing policies and procedures
  • Student housing
  • May and Summer commencement ceremony
  • Summer welcome events

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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
    • Self-reporting

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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.

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