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U of M Regents endorse fall semester opening plan

Associated Press

University of Minnesota leaders have mapped out a plan to reopen classrooms, dormitories and other common spaces this fall amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Board of Regents endorsed the plan Thursday and is expected to vote on it in July.

The reopening plan includes some physical distancing, COVID-19 monitoring, testing and isolation.

The Star Tribune reports each of the university's five campuses would adjust their academic calendars to start the semester early and end classroom instruction by Thanksgiving.

"We believe that we are as safe as any place to be able to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff," President Joan Gabel said. "It is our number one priority, and we are prepared with extensive planning to be able to do so."

University provost Rachel Croson says the school has sufficient COVID-19 testing capability and enough space to isolate anyone who becomes ill.

Administrators plan to dedicate spaces in residence halls and off-campus hotels for those under quarantine, she said.