TUCSON, Ariz. - This semester life and learning at the University of Arizona will look a lot different than it has in the past.
On Monday, August 24, thousands of students at the university will start their first day of the new semester. While in past years this would mean a dense campus, this year it means the opposite.
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 officials at the University have put in place four class formats for students.
The first format that is being offered is traditional in-person courses. The second is flex in-person courses, which are basically hybrid classes. The third option is synchronized live courses, which mean professors and students would log into their remote learning courses at the same time. The final option is traditional online courses.
Liesl Folks, the University of Arizona Provost told KGUN9 that despite there being some in-person classes, the first in-person courses happening will be those most essential.
“Those are classes that we really don’t have a great way to deliver instruction for because of the nature of the content, so think about chemistry labs, physics labs, engineering labs," said Provost Folks.
She added that during a typical day of school in the past there were roughly 40,000 students on campus. This year officials are expecting roughly 5,000 students on campus instead.