UW-Milwaukee to open on time, offer hybrid class model

Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 11:52 AM CDT
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee officials announced Wednesday the school will open as scheduled this fall with a mix of in-person and online courses.

Classes will resume as scheduled on Sept. 2. The semester will not end early — some university systems are considering that option to avoid a potential second surge of COVID-19 — and will play out as scheduled.

Dorms will be open and student services will be provided both in-person and online. Dining service will be contactless, with students ordering food through their phones.

Face masks will be mandatory and university workers have installed plexiglass barriers in high-traffic areas as well as signs and floor markings showing people where to line up to maintain social distance.

Many classes will be offered with a mix of in-person and online instruction. For example, half of the students in a Tuesday-Thursday class would meet in-person on Tuesday and have online instruction on Thursday. The other half of the class would have online instruction on Tuesdays and meet physically on Tuesdays.

Classes with more than 100 students will be offered online only. Labs and studios will meet almost entirely in-person unless health conditions warrant going online.

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