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ASU President Michael Crow confirms classes will resume Aug. 20

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PHOENIX — Arizona State University President Michael Crow confirmed Monday the university is sticking with its plan to resume the fall semester on Aug. 20.

In a statement to the ASU community, Crow said the plan — originally announced June 5 — will include both in-person and virtual learning options.

“In the last several months, we have learned a great deal about the virus,” Crow said.

“I am confident in the systems and protocols we have put in place at ASU to allow students to continue their academic studies and for employees to support our mission while managing the complexities that COVID-19 can present.”

On June 12, ASU mandated the use of face masks for all employees, students and visitors in campus buildings or outdoor spaces where physical distancing isn’t possible.

Crow’s announcement follows a similar one made last week by UArizona President Dr. Robert C. Robbins in which he confirmed the campus would resume classes Aug. 24 with a combination of in-person and remote education.

“Although Arizona has recently seen a reduction of positive COVID-19 cases … we know that the situation is fluid and we must remain vigilant in doing all that we can to continue to slow the spread,” Crow said.

“While we hope to not have to alter plans in the future, it is important to remind everyone that dramatic shifts with the virus could force operational changes.”

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