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LMU is planning on “limited, low-density” in-person classes for the spring 2021 semester, according to an address from Provost Thomas Poon. Classes are being scheduled online until the University can receive clearance from public health officials. L.A. County must improve in COVID-19 cases for campuses to reopen. Public health officials will make a decision regarding this “around Thanksgiving,” according to Poon. 

Spring study abroad programs will continue to be suspended. Further decisions regarding on-campus housing are delayed, however, there will be approximately 1,100 bed spaces available to students on-campus for the spring semester. 

Seniors may have opportunities for hybrid classes in order to ensure they can graduate on-time. Some non-seniors may also be eligible. Poon stressed that classes will be flexible to offer remote-only status for students who need it, but could return to a hybrid or in-person format as restrictions ease. International students will also be able to maintain their student visa status in the case of hybrid classes. 

Any further on-campus activities will require additional health and safety measures, such as contract tracing, physical distancing and face coverings.

The Loyolan is following this story as it develops. You can find updates at https://www.lmu.edu/together

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