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Fall 2021 Announcement

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Dear Monarch Community:

We are happy to announce that Old Dominion University intends to fully reopen campus for on-campus learning and activities this fall. Additionally, our students will continue to enjoy the same flexible course delivery options ODU has offered for decades, to accommodate both on-campus and online learners.

It's been almost a year since the pandemic forced us to alter the way we live, learn and work. Now that COVID-19 hospitalizations and infection rates are declining and vaccinations are on the rise, we look forward to welcoming back our faculty, staff and students to campus this fall.

One thing the pandemic has taught us is the importance of designing plans that are flexible and allow us to make needed modifications as circumstances change. To plan early for fall reopening, President John R. Broderick will appoint working groups to update our blueprint with plans for instruction, student success, as well as the full return of our workforce to campus. The plans will include our enhanced COVID-19 testing strategy—to mitigate the spread of the virus—and other ways we can work together as a community to take proper health precautions.

As part of our commitment to #ReignResponsibly, the University strongly encourages participation in the COVID-19 vaccination.

Keeping in mind the health and safety of the Monarch community, the University Leadership will continue to consult with public health experts and government officials, monitor trends and make needed changes. We will keep the campus updated regularly.

We realize some of you may have questions. We are developing a website with frequently asked questions and welcome your submissionsso we may provide answers online.

Let us take a moment to thank you for doing your part in keeping our community safe and resilient. We know it has not been easy. Without your tireless dedication, hard work and perseverance, we would not have been able to get to where we are today.

We look forward to us coming together this fall, with renewed optimism, for a brighter future ahead.

Sincerely,

Austin O. Agho
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Don Stansberry
Vice President for Student Enrollment and Engagement