Dillard's Fall 2020 Reconnect plan

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Mass communication junior Andrew Logan and the Dillard University Bleu Devil for the #ReconnectDU promotional campaign. Photo: Sabree Hill.

For Immediate Release
July 10, 2020

NEW ORLEANS— Dillard University will be welcoming back its students for the Fall 2020 semester of the 2020-2021 academic school year. Dillard’s Fall 2020 reconnect plan will differ from previous Fall welcoming plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The University has appointed members of its staff and faculty to assemble a COVID-19 response team that examines the potential impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the University. The goal is to ensure that all plans have input from all campus stakeholders including students and their parents. The interdisciplinary response team is composed of subcommittees charged with answering the questions that are most important to our reopening this fall. In this model, campus leaders submitted their plans and then formed them into a comprehensive document that includes significant input from the campus community.

The subcommittees of the Dillard COVID-19 response team are:  Academics and Student Enrichment, Risk Management and Public Health, Human and Fiscal Resources Opportunities and Challenges, Campus Engagement, Meetings, & Student Services, Athletics and Fitness Spaces and Communications and Messaging. 

Based on feedback received from the Academics and Student Enrichment Subcommittee of the COVID-19 Response Team and the Spring 2020 faculty and student experience survey results, academic instruction will resume Fall 2020 using a hybrid method. 

The hybrid method will ensure students have contact with faculty members they desire and that all classes can be scheduled in spaces that can accommodate social distancing. The hybrid instruction method will consist of the following:  all instruction will occur Monday through Thursday with classes meeting twice a week both face-to-face and online. The instructional day has expanded with the first class starting at 7:30 a.m. and the last class ending at 8:45 p.m. All classes have been assigned as either Track A or Track B and will meet for 75 minutes to ensure semester instructional time requirements (e.g. 45 hours) are met.

For more insight, please read/print out the Dillard University Fall 2020 Reconnect Plan. For questions and inquiries, please contact Lauren R.D. Fox, communications specialist at lfox@dillard.edu

Dillard University, located in New Orleans at 2601 Gentilly Blvd., is a private four-year liberal arts historically black institution with a history dating back to 1869. For more information, please visit www.dillard.edu. Also, follow us on Twitter, Facebook @DU1869 and Instagram: Dillard

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