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UO's spring term will be taught remotely, president says

With more vaccines expected to become available by summer, President Schill said the university will start to gradually return students to the classroom

Posted: Jan 20, 2021 11:47 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- University of Oregon President Michael Schill announced Tuesday spring term will be taught remotely.

Schill said he based his decision on the high number of coronavirus cases being reported in Lane County, Oregon, and the United States. However, he did give a timeline of when students could start going back to in-person instruction.

With more vaccines expected to become available by summer, Schill said the university will start to gradually return students to the classroom around then. He said he is confident most classes will be taught in person by fall this year.

"From all of the research I have read, all of the conversations I have had with experts, and all of the anecdotal information I have gleaned from meetings with other presidents and the press, it appears that the risk of transmission in classroom settings is extremely low provided that strict use of masks and appropriate distancing occurs," Schill said in a letter to the campus community. "When added to the widespread availability of vaccines expected for late spring or summer and our late start at the end of September, I do not think this confidence is misplaced."

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