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    President Pauses On-Campus Instruction for 2-weeks

    Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president of The University of Scranton, announced a pause to in-person instruction for a two-week period beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16. The University plans to resume in-person classes on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
    September 11, 2020

    Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president of The University of Scranton, announced a pause to in-person instruction for a two-week period beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16. Classes will return to in-person instruction, or the mode of teaching established at the beginning of the semester, on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Father Pilarz made the announcement in a video message sent to members of the University community on Sept. 11.

    “After closely monitoring the results from testing throughout the week, I have decided to begin implementing proactive measures for a period of two weeks to reduce the spread of the virus on our campus,” said Father Pilarz. “Our efforts will take place in two steps. First, beginning at the end of the day today we are asking students to further restrict their movements on- and off-campus. Second, beginning next Wednesday, Sept. 16, we will pivot or shift all classes to remote instruction. In-person classes will resume on Wednesday, Sept. 30.”

    “These measures, while disruptive, give us the best opportunity to conclude our semester together – a goal that we all share. And so, I am again asking for your patience and cooperation. As I do, I am confident that all of you – students, faculty and staff – will once again rise to the challenge of this moment,” said Father Pilarz.

    University offices, dining services and residence halls will remain open during this period. Sunday evening Mass will be live-streamed. The University’s fitness center and indoor recreation space will be closed during this two-week pause. Outdoor spaces will remain available. Additional details of the plan were sent to members of the University community on Friday and can be seen here.

    Father Pilarz’s full message can be seen here.

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