COVID-19 delays the return of most of the Oxford campus Student body. Miami University announces new schedule and plan.

Staff Report- Butler County Connect

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Miami University announced a new time frame and schedule of students returning to the Oxford Campus. The University shared the new plan today. The plan phases the return of students to the main campus and extends the arrival of the majority until mid September. Online learning will commence on August 17th.

The statement detailed the extend to which the University is attempting to bring a safe educational experience to the Oxford campus student body, 40% of which come from other states. Miami University leaders explained in the statement, “We are consulting with Butler County public health officials and following the guidance and directives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health.” In a follow up statement the University leadership apologized for the late notice and disruption the new plan may be inducing. Leadership has grown concerned after observing “the spread of the COVID-19 virus among college students in places like Ohio University, the University of South Carolina, the University of Washington, and at other universities.”

The City of Oxford provided these highlights of the plan.

  • August 17th MU Classes will begin online/remotely.
  • September 14-21st will be a phased underclass move-in.
  • Sophomores and upper-class students who had planned to live on campus will have the option to move off-campus and get a refund from University Housing. They can acquire housing off-campus.
  • Students can also decide to take all online courses and not return to Oxford or take a gap year and their place will be held at Miami.
  • Students who decide to return to campus must sign the Healthy Together Pledge.

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