With the COVID-19 pandemic nearing its peak and a resumption likely within a few months, Boston University has decided to cancel all in-person summer activities on the Charles River campus and, with some exceptions, on the medical campus, and to offer distance learning courses for the 2020 summer sessions 1 and 2.
The MD, Physician Assistant and Doctor of Dentistry programs at the medical campus are not covered by the decision. The schedule for these programs will be communicated later.
“While this decision is disappointing for many, we believe it is necessary to achieve our ultimate goal of returning our students, staff and faculty in the fall to our residential campus community and resuming quality in-person programs. which are our trademark. as a leading private research university, ”wrote Robert A. Brown, president of the BU, and Jean Morrison, rector and director of studies, in a letter to the university community on Tuesday morning.
“By making these decisions now, we are giving our teachers time to optimize the distance delivery of our courses during the summer,” they wrote. “We are also giving our staff time to reopen our campus in the fall and establish the protocols that will keep our community safe.”
Other summer programs will be canceled as indicated below. Deposits will be refunded for all canceled programs.
The two summer terms, session 1 (May 20-July 1, 2020) and session 2 (July 6-August 14, 2020), will take place only through a remote engagement. No in-person courses or programs will be offered during this time. This policy applies to all summer semester programs at the BU, with the exception of the medical programs mentioned above.
By making these decisions now, we are giving our teachers time to optimize the distance delivery of our courses during the summer.
The summer semester leadership will work with the faculty to determine which scheduled summer courses can be administered remotely. Departments with other programs scheduled for this period should decide whether the programs can be conducted remotely or not and communicate with participants accordingly. BU employees will be able to use the tuition discount for summer semester courses which have now switched to distance learning.
- The Boston-London and Boston-New England College of General Studies Summer 1 and 2 programs will not be held in person. We are exploring ways to make up for these missed experiences. Natalie McKnight, Dean of the College of General Studies, will be in touch with the CGS community to share further details.
- All of the BU’s international study abroad programs for summer 2020 will be canceled, as will all US-based summer study abroad programs (Los Angeles and Washington, DC). ). Contact Study Abroad directly at [email protected] with any questions.
- All other K-12 summer 2020 programs on our Boston campuses and elsewhere are also being canceled, including the Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI). Check with the program management for details.
- Research and clinical activities on both campuses will resume according to a schedule dictated by state and local authorities and at a pace that is mindful of the health of our researchers. Further information will come from the office of Vice President and Associate Vice President for Research Gloria Waters.
“We all hope to resume in-person classes and campus activities as soon as possible, but we must continue to put the health and safety of our community first,” Brown and Morrison wrote.
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