#RooReady for in-person lessons and experiences at UMKC
University of Missouri-Kansas City to have 2021 fall semester at full capacity
In April, the UMKC unveiled a new bronze kangaroo sculpture on its campus. The statue will be a rallying point for students, alumni, faculty and staff and a new #RooTradition for years to come.
Kansas City, Missouri, May 6, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – With the incidence of COVID remaining low on campus and more people getting vaccinated, the University of Missouri-Kansas City is #RooReady to return to full capacity in-person classes and activities for the fall semester 2021.
“We are delighted to reach the point of being able to plan a ‘normal’ fall,” said UMKC Chancellor Mauli Agrawal. “Of course, we will continue to consult with health experts from the UMKC Health Sciences Campus and health partners in our city and follow their advice. But as long as COVID cases continue to decline and the public continues to be vaccinated, we are confident that we can safely resume in-person classes at full capacity and life on campus.
Agrawal praised the campus community for its diligence and resilience after COVID-19 prompted a pivot to online courses in March 2020. Since then, thousands of UMKC faculty and staff have worked to make the campus safe while pursuing in-person classes and activities under strict guidelines. security measures. This work and adherence to precautions – including mask wear, social distancing, free COVID testing, and multiple on-campus vaccination events – have helped the university prevent the spread of the disease in the campus community. . As of May 5, the university had a seven-day moving average of zero cases.
From June, the UMKC will begin to expand in-person activities and opportunities for students, faculty and staff. Orientation tours on campus will be offered in person in July.
In August, the health directives allow:
The residences and the catering service will resume their normal activities. Lounges and common areas will be reopened so that students, faculty and staff can meet in person. Dining rooms and other dining venues will resume a full range of offerings and return to normal hours. A new monthly pop-up restaurant will be at the Student Union.
Classes, events and activities involving nearly 300 student organizations will meet in person.
The convocation, the official start of the academic year, will take place in person and kick off a few weeks of special in-person activities and events called RooWelcome.
Our Division I Kansas City Roos plans a full lineup of regular season competition in the fall.
“Although this is an unprecedented semester, I have no doubt in my mind that the UMKC community will persevere,” said Tim Nguyen, president of the UMKC Student Government Association. “Like UMKC Roos, kangaroos cannot back down; only forward. We will take it one step at a time during the transition and continue into the post-pandemic and the semester will soon befall us.
Provost Jenny Lundgren said UMKC faculty and staff are ready to welcome students back.
“As our campus remains safe, we are excited to prepare for a return to in-person learning and activities,” Lundgren said. “No matter what the fall brings, we’ll make sure we’re ready to provide our students with a unique and rewarding experience.”
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