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UAH requiring face masks this fall

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is going ahead with its original fall calendar and starting classes back August 19th, but there will be changes in place.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — The University of Alabama in Huntsville is going ahead with its original fall calendar and starting classes back August 19th, but there will be some changes in place.

UAH Chief of Staff, Ray Garner, said, "What you'll see is a hybrid of academic courses. Some of them will be online, and some of them will be in the classroom depending on the topics of those courses."

For students who do not want to return to campus, online classes and remote access are available.

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"We do offer a large number of online classes," said Garner. "During the spring, we went totally online, so we're offering a lot of classes online."

Students who want to take classes on campus will have to follow strict guidelines, like wearing face masks and following marked directions for hallways and stairs.

"Generally that's what you find is you find some of the underclassman courses that have larger numbers, so we may have to take a different approach with those," said Garner. "On the other hand, when you become a senior, especially in certain disciplines, you're not going to have that many in the classroom, so we should be able to handle those."

On campus housing will be cleaned thoroughly, and visitors will be limited in the dorms. Staff who can work from home will continue to do so; however, these guidelines can change.

"Our plan we released today reflects where we are at this point in time. Where we are a month from now could be different, so I have no idea what those conditions are going to be so we'll just have to change and adapt as we need to," said Garner.

Due to the nature of the pandemic, the university says they have contingency plans in place in case things change.

For more information and details on the UAH Return to Campus plan, click here.

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