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UNI ready for unusual fall semester says President Mark Nook

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Schools at all levels are preparing for an unprecedented kind of fall term, as COVID-19 concerns linger, amid uncertainty over how best to resume classes.

UNI President, Dr. Mark Nook, says his institution has a solid game plan and is ready to execute beginning August 17, a week earlier than the normal fall semester.

President Nook says the UNI plan calls for about 80-per cent of all classes to be either face to face or hybrid in nature.

Hybrid at UNI will mean a portion of the class will be face to face and a portion will be conducted virtually.

To accommodate for social distancing spacing in classrooms, Northern Iowa classroom capacities will be reduced from 100 to 40-per cent.

As an example, President Nook says a normal 50-student classroom would be limited to just 20 students under UNI's 40-per cent capacity rule for this fall.

Financially, President Nook says UNI has experienced some $20-million in lost revenue, but received $3.8 million in Federals CARES Act money, so, the net loss is around $15.5-million at this point.

All UNI faculty, students and staff will be required to wear face coverings in UNI buildings. In fact, anyone entering a UNI building must wear a face covering.

To hear more of President Mark Nook's thoughts on the fall term, as seen on The Steele Report this week, just watch the program.

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