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University at Buffalo to offer mix of in-person and online classes for fall semester

Posted at 12:12 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 12:12:25-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The University at Buffalo will offer a mix of in-person and online classes for the fall semester as the largest institution in the SUNY system adjusts operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fall semester will begin on August 31 and end on December 21. All instruction after fall recess - which starts on November 25 - will shift to distance learning, meaning the final three weeks of the semester will be conducted remotely. The academic calendars of the health sciences schools will not be affected due to program requirements.

In-person instruction will be conducted in classrooms designed to provide at least six feet of distancing. Masks will be required in all public areas of campus.

Residence Halls will operate at reduced occupancy. Dining services will be up and running with additional takeout and delivery options.

Several university committees - formed U.B. President Satish Tripathi and made up of students, faculty, staff and administrators - will continue to monitor the ongoing health situation to ensure the campus community operates in a safe and effective environment, Tripathi said.

The UB campus community can read more about the university's COVID-19 response here.

Daemen College in Amherst also announced changes it is making for the fall semester due to the pandemic.