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Johnson University will open for face-to-face classes on August 24, 2020 on both the Tennessee and Florida campuses. This plan is subject to executive orders from the governors of Tennessee and Florida, as well as CDC and local government directives.
We realize how important face-to-face classes are for our students, both academically and relationally. We also know that Johnson, especially, is a community built on studying, learning, worshiping, and spending time together. Our commitment to that community and to our classroom instruction has not changed. At the same time, we all realize the world has changed because of COVID-19 and we must do our best to protect the health and safety of each member of that community.
To that end, faculty are currently revising course plans to create a flexible, hybrid approach that will be adaptable to either face-to-face or remote classroom instruction. When classes meet face-to-face, students and instructors will observe social distancing precautions. By making good use of digital technology, some classes may gather in smaller groups or meet in person less frequently than in previous semesters. Every course will also adhere to the high standards of our accrediting association.
The same focus will guide our preparation for all other aspects of campus life, including chapel, athletics, dorm life, and student events. Students should expect changes to the campus life experience they are used to, and they should expect that we will call them to flexibility and teamwork as we navigate this together. At the same time, students should also expect the same Johnson culture, values, and mission, and a commitment from our faculty and staff to make this a rewarding year.
We are currently developing a comprehensive plan that will include detailed information on student health services, athletics, student life policies, residential policies, dining services, and other aspects of classes and campus life. We will release a complete online guide to the fall semester on our website on June 30.
We can’t wait to welcome our new students to the JU community and to reunite with returning students. Please continue to pray for our faculty, staff, and administration as we prepare for August.