University announces plans for an in-person fall semester

Currently+about+8.5%25+of+Wisconsinites+have+received+the+COVID-19+vaccine%0APhoto+via+Flickr.+

Currently about 8.5% of Wisconsinites have received the COVID-19 vaccine Photo via Flickr.

University President Michael Lovell announced Monday the university is planning for an “in-person academic and residential campus experience” for the 2021 fall semester.

Lovell said that its student and staff efforts, as well as increased access to the COVID-19 vaccine across Wisconsin, are what is making these plans possible.  

As of Monday, 8.5% of Wisconsin residents are fully vaccinated.

“By adhering to health and safety protocols, and through your commitment to testing, contact tracing and symptom reporting, we were able to deliver a hybrid learning model that included in-person and online instruction,” Lovell said in an email. “I want to personally thank each and every one of you for doing your part for our community.”

However, due to the unprecedented environment brought by COVID-19, Lovell said the university will continue to work with public health officials in the city and state to follow local guidelines, as well as “maintain the mechanisms to pivot,” if these plans need to be adjusted. 

“The health and safety of our community members remain our top priority,” Lovell said in an email. 

Marquette is also now established as a vaccine site and will continue to offer the vaccine to all eligible members, which beginning March 1  includes all staff in education settings. 

For students with further questions and concerns regarding Marquette’s shift to an in-person campus in the fall, there will be an online contact form in an attempt to provide more information. 

This story was written by Claire Driscol. She can be reached at claire.driscol@marquette.edu