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Friday, May 15, 2020

Fall ’20 Return to Campus


Dear University of Northwestern Students,

Your emails, texts, and social media posts have let us know that you miss your university, your professors, and each other. You want to be on campus for the Fall 2020 semester. We want you to be on campus, too.

I am very pleased to share with you that we plan to open our beautiful and beloved campus for fall classes in August. The decision comes after much research, planning, and prayer by our leadership and emergency response teams as we continue to navigate these unchartered waters.

We will be ready. We have medical, operational, and public safety experts working continually to provide the safest and healthiest environment possible for our students, faculty, and staff.

While this is our plan, we do not know how state and federal restrictions may affect our efforts in the coming weeks or months. Neither do we have any way of knowing whether a resurgence of the coronavirus will impact our collective health and well-being, which could force us to pivot to an alternate scenario. We will continue to update you with any changes.

The momentum is already building for fall as you register for classes and sign up for dorms. Faculty are developing and reviewing lesson plans, and staff are preparing for your return. We can’t wait to see you.

When we are back together, we will be different than the last time we saw each other. This strange and uncertain time has tested us and stretched each of us in ways we could not have imagined. I am moved by the strength and fortitude that you have demonstrated in completing this last semester amid so many challenges.

Now, equipped with new skills and fresh perspectives, we look forward to the fall semester and the opportunities that await us. This is the course of our hearts. We also remember that our sovereign Lord is in control and will be glorified with an outcome that we cannot predict. We humbly submit to His will.

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.’’
Proverbs 16:9

Sincerely,

President Alan Cureton

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