Boston College intends to reopen for on-campus classes as scheduled on August 31, announced University President Fr. Leahy.
"Our intent is to open for on-campus classes as scheduled on August 31," Leahy wrote in an email to the student body this morning.
The administration has been discussing plans for some weeks, according to Leahy, and will continue to do so in the coming months.
"The steps required for resuming in-class instruction will occur in phases this summer," wrote Leahy. "The administrators and other will keep refining necessary plans and policies for the resumption of campus life."
Housing the 400 students who remained on campus after March 15 has helped the university to respond to the challenges of COVID-19, Leahy added.
University Health Services has developed testing and isolation procedures, according to Leahy. In addition, the university has "learned valuable lessons about how to implement physical distancing and food distribution protocols in dining facilities, increase sanitizing for buildings, and use technology for meetings and events."
"More remains to be done in regard to testing, contact tracing, and treatment," Leahy wrote, "but I believe that these and other issues can be addressed by working in concert with institutions of higher education in our area as well as federal, state, and local government."
BC joins a number of other universities in the Boston area that have recently updated their plans for the fall semester.
Northeastern, Harvard, and Boston University intend to open for on-campus classes, while Simmons University is planning a "fully online undergraduate program." Other schools, including MIT and Tufts University, will announce their plans in June or July.
"Our University has already responded to the coronavirus with grace, generosity, and commitment," wrote Leahy, "and I remain confident that it will continue to do so in the months and year ahead."