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Campbellsville University to begin face-to-face in-classroom instruction for fall semester

By Joan C. McKinney
Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University President Michael V. Carter announced Thursday that the university will begin face-to-face in-classroom instruction for the fall 2020 semester.

Carter said this will be done in accordance with national and state health regulations.

“Students deserve an opportunity to pursue an education, and we will be ready to meet their needs,” Carter said. “Campbellsville University has weathered storms throughout her history and she will persevere during this COVID-19 tempest as well.”

Dr. Michael V. Carter

Carter said the decision was made after much counsel including information gained from the Staged ReOpen Committee (SRC), a university group determining steps in reopening the university.

“While we are still developing the fall term details for residence halls, student services, academic scheduling, athletics and the many other people-related activities, know that a healthy environment will be the primary concern,” Carter said.

Specifics for the plans will be released in early June, he said. The university plans to open with as much normalcy in the fall, but there will be contingency plans.

Carter said the opening will be done in collaboration with state officials and regional health agencies. He said Campbellsville’s regional centers will be working with local health departments reflecting their locales.

Dr. Donna Hedgepath, provost and vice president for academic affairs, said, “Students will continue to receive a quality education in face-to-face courses during the fall 2020 semester at Campbellsville University. The university will accommodate all students while keeping everyone safe.”

Dr. Shane Garrison, vice president for enrollment, said, “New students and their families can rest assured that we are doing everything possible to create a campus environment that is ready for them in the fall.

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Carter said a decision concerning athletics for the fall will be made after receiving information from the NAIA, National Christian College Athletic Association, United States Collegiate Athletic Association and the Mid-South Conference, four sports organizations in which the university competes.

Campbellsville University prepares servant leaders through Christian higher education, Carter said.

“For more than 114 years, we have held true to our mission. Students have relied on this institution to lay the foundations of their successes, and we will make it possible for them to continue to do so,” he said.

“The past two months have tested our resolve, demanded ingenuity and created challenges we never expected we would face. But CU has kept the course. The faculty and staff have been innovative in delivery and processing. They have met challenges with a drive to serve our students,” Carter said.

“Faculty, staff and coaches look forward to seeing our new and returning students this fall,” Hedgepath said.

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