Task Force Announcements


November Commencement

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

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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