In an announcement to the student body on August 6, Saint Peter’s University President Eugene J. Cornacchia stated that classes for the Fall Semester will be held remotely.

The new plan is a reversal from the original one that integrated hybrid classes.

This change in course comes after a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases in NJ over the last week that has prompted the university to halt its plans for a hybrid curriculum.

Cornacchia states in the announcement that even if the state moves to relax more restrictions on gatherings, classes will still be held remotely for the full duration of the semester.

However, residence halls will remain open. Cornacchia also states that the university will still follow state guidelines for move-in procedures for residents.

“We are looking forward to welcoming residents back to campus and to creating a vibrant on-campus experience, with health and safety at the forefront of everything we do,” said Cornacchia.

The university will still allow instructional labs to be open with restrictions, and for in-person labs and clinicals to be held with “the appropriate safety measures in place.

All guidelines for residents moving onto campus this fall and plans for how labs will be conducted can be found in the FAQ section of Saint Peter’s 2020 plan.

On campus facilities such as Dining Services, the library and computer labs will all be available and in accordance to State guidelines.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), the Center for Career Engagement and Experiential Learning (CEEL) and the Center for Academic Success and Engagement (CASE), the Offices of Health Services and Leadership and Engagement will also all be available to students virtually.

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