UNL to return to 100% on campus during fall semester

Published: Jun. 30, 2021 at 10:22 PM CDT
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CLAY CENTER, Neb. (KSNB) - UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green is back on the road visiting several different university locations this week. He spent his day on Wednesday at the Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center to kick off his first tour of the facilities since 2019.

“This is the first time in a couple of years, counting summers, since summer of 19 that I’ve really had the chance to get out in the state and visit some of these sites so I’m really looking forward to that,” Chancellor Green told Local4 News.

While his schedule returns to normal, so do activities on his campus.

“We’re in summer school currently and have summer school sessions on our campus in Lincoln,” he said. “We are very excited about the fall where we expect to be back fully, 100% in person for the fall semester.”

The year of the pandemic was difficult for everyone around the world, and Green said that was also the case for the UNL commnity.

“It was not easy on local schools,” he said. “It was not easy on parents. It was not easy on people with children. It was difficult.”

Despite how difficult the year was, Huskers pulled through and he even said the school had a record year for graduations.

“More students took more courses during the pandemic and actually sped up their graduation,” Green said. “Many students who would’ve graduated in December graduated in May and we had a record year. I am just immensely proud of that.”

To limit the chances of a COVID outbreak in the new school year, there are a few precautions put into place.

“At this point based on the way we see everything with the conditions of COVID and where it seems to be at this point, we are allowing people to voluntarily offer their vaccine status into a registry that we have,” Green said.

Students not fully vaccinated will be tested upon returning to campus and then will be randomly chosen and asked to be tested again throughout the year.

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