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June 16, 2020
Dear Johns Hopkins Students and Families:
We continue to plan for the next academic year, one that will be different from any of the previous 144 at Johns Hopkins. We are committed to doing our best to resume a spectrum of education, research, and student-life activities this fall to the greatest extent possible—with scrupulous regard to sound public health and medical advice—and to ensuring that you have a rewarding on-campus undergraduate program.
A complete draft plan will be posted for feedback at the end of June, and the final plan will be shared in mid-July.
In all these efforts, the health and well-being of our returning and incoming students, their families, and our faculty and staff remain paramount. All who are part of the Hopkins family will bear a shared responsibility to keep each other safe and healthy, particularly those most at-risk. It will require a degree of vigilance and self-discipline that will challenge each of us and inevitably result in a community experience very different from our pre-COVID life. But for all the ways in which our campus experience will have changed, we will be resolute in ensuring that the heart of the campus experience—the opportunity for deep and serious intellectual exploration—is protected.
As of now, we can share the following:
Consultations with our undergraduates are ongoing and have been invaluable to this process through weekly virtual town halls, participation in university planning workgroups, online feedback, direct outreach via Zoom and phone, and the work of the universitywide Student Advisory Committee. Johns Hopkins students have brought their immense creativity and deep compassion for each other, their professors, and our staff to this process. We are truly grateful for your partnership in this work.
We know there is a wide range of expectations, hopes, and fears about the future.
We have heard from some of you who are excited to return to campus, while others have shared your trepidation about living and learning in the company of those outside your family or self-selected “quaranteams.” And the evolving landscape of the science of COVID and its long-term arc make deciding where to live, choosing a dining plan, or picking courses far from simple. For all these reasons, we are being deliberate about every facet of our preparations for this fall. Again, you will hear more from our workgroups over the course of this month, and final plans will be posted in mid-July.
We look forward with great anticipation to learning with you in the fall.
Ronald J. Daniels
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
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