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Aquinas College will return to normal in-person classes and student activities this fall

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Aquinas College announced its intention to return to normal in-person classes and student activities for the fall 2021 semester. Activities will be planned responsibly and conducted to the fullest extent possible while complying with state guidance.

In addition to face-to-face instruction, the College will return to a more traditional campus experience with in-person student activities, open on-campus housing, in-person athletics practices and competitions with spectators, and alumni activities in person including Homecoming.

“Aquinas College’s students are at the core of our mission, and our plan for fall centers around providing them with the best experience possible as safely as possible,” said President Kevin G. Quinn. “Health and safety will continue to be our priority, and we will adjust our plans as needed.”

Some of Aquinas College’s summer registration dates will be held virtually, but those scheduled later in the summer are expected to be held in person.

New students will move in on August 21, returning students will move in on August 23, New Student Orientation will be held August 22-24 and classes begin on August 25.

The College plans to offer other traditional campus programs in person and will make more detailed announcements about those activities in the future. 

In order to prepare for fall activities, the College anticipates a full return to on-campus work for all staff by July 6 contingent upon the state’s vaccination-based milestones. Full plans for the return of staff will be provided to the campus community over the next few weeks.

“I am looking forward to seeing the energy, creativity and joy that comes from the relationships on our campus and the personal support that our faculty and staff provide to our students,” President Quinn said. “That is what makes Aquinas unique.”

Aquinas College held in-person classes during the 2020-21 academic year, except for the statewide mandate to shift to virtual before Thanksgiving. With robust health and safety protocols including mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing, daily health monitoring and more, the College did not experience any classroom-related outbreaks.