Fairmont State University announces phased return to campus; classes to start August 17


FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Fairmont State University issued a letter to the campus community on Wednesday evening, announcing a planned phased return to campus for the fall semester.

In the letter, university officials announced a delay in the start of the semester, which will now begin on August 17. The letter details that the phased return will allow freshman and other select populations to return to campus for in-person instruction on August 17.

“We are one family, everyone in Marion County. We have all worked so closely together to ensure this campus is safe for students, staff, and faculty to return. What we have tried to do, not only now, but throughout the pandemic, is to minimize as much as possible, individuals’ anxieties. We know right now everyone, I mean everyone right now, is stressing out about something. So, when you walk through our campus, it will be a different campus. You will see a campus that is changed, that encourages social distancing, and a campus that desires keep their falcon family safe.”

President, Dr. Mirta Martin

Officials said the remaining students will also begin classes on that same day, but will attend their first week of classes virtually. These students will then return to campus for face-to-face classes on August 24, according to the letter.

Additional information on Fairmont State’s phased return plan, including the full letter sent to the campus community, an updated academic calendar and information on required COVID-19 testing can be found on the university’s website.

West Virginia University also announced a phased return to campus for students for the fall semester on Monday.

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