Dominican Plans In-Person Instruction For Fall
Dominican University of California intends to return to primarily in-person instruction for the fall 2021 semester, President Mary B. Marcy announced this week.
“As we look to fall 2021, we are developing plans to configure classes, residence halls, and shared spaces in accordance with state and county public health guidelines,” President Marcy said. “We will leverage our small size to make decisions based on research, advice, best practices, and experience while continuing to work in close collaboration with Marin Public Health.”
The University’s optimism for primarily in-person instruction is buoyed by the rollout of the COVID vaccine, which is currently being distributed to Dominican’s front-line health professions students and faculty. The University is working closely with public health officials to track wider vaccine distribution for all Dominican faculty and staff.
“The health and safety protocols we successfully introduced this academic year, along with a comprehensive testing program, have kept our campus community well protected,” President Marcy said.
“Our diligence allowed more than 500 students and 200 faculty and staff to continue to work, study and live on campus this year. This has given us both information and confidence as we work with county and state health departments to offer our students a more traditional on-campus college experience this fall.”
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Dominican will continue to adapt as needed to any changing public health requirements. The University also will continue to develop the lessons learned from this year’s primarily remote experience, incorporating these advances into teaching, learning, and work in fall.
“We will continue to invest in exciting new approaches for enriched learning to provide all students with the highest-quality education, a structured network of personal and professional support, and opportunities to safely interact with our greater community through internships and public service,” President Marcy said.
President Marcy noted that preparations for fall 2021 will be informed by the following:
- Ensuring continuity of education, even as we are proactive in protecting the health and safety of the entire campus community.
- Remaining agile and responsive, building into our plans the ability to integrate instructional best practices with the flexibility of interacting remotely as needed.
- Listening to the members of our campus community and their insights into our gradual progress out of this pandemic.
- Providing clear and consistent information while we monitor the shifting conditions in our county and our state and develop our plans for the fall semester.
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