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Hampton University to continue virtual learning through spring 2021 semester

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Posted at 4:44 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 16:44:21-04

HAMPTON, Va. - Students at Hampton University will continue learning remotely through the spring.

In a letter published Wednesday to the HU community, President William R. Harvey said he and other school officials conducted a Zoom meeting with student leaders. During the meeting, he asked for the students’ input on the mode of operation for spring 2021. Although disappointed that they may be unable to return to campus in the spring, the students agreed that continuing the virtual experience was the best course of action.

Harvey said the student leaders also expressed an interest in incorporating an additional break into the semester to help with some of the stressors that they are encountering. They suggested that the spring 2021 semester calendar include an additional break. Another suggestion was to require faculty to record all lectures so students living on the West Coast and outside of the country may be accommodated, and Harvey says he has asked for this to be done.

With the cases spiking on college and university campuses, including HBCUs, and in a majority of the states, officials at Hampton determined that it is in the best interest of the entire Hampton University community to continue virtual instruction for the spring 2021 semester.

Harvey says the spring 2021 semester will follow the approved 2020-2021 University calendar, with classes beginning Monday, January 11, 2021. In addition to the breaks for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Spring Break, Harvey has approved Wellness Breaks for Friday, February 12, 2021, and Friday, April 2, 2021.

"In closing, I want to remind you that our current priorities are the health and safety of the Hampton University community as well as the continuation of the Hampton Experience. Each decision that we make is made with you in mind as we continue our legacy as THE Standard of Excellence. Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay positive!" he wrote.

Click here to read Harvey's full letter.

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