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Auburn University recently released its Comprehensive Health and Safety Plan as it expects to hold on-campus instruction during the fall semester. 

The "academic re-entry plan" is subject to change based on the situation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, but includes a number of measures aimed at improving safety for students, faculty and staff at the university. 

Auburn already announced that wearing masks will be required in all public buildings on campus. 

The university has also announced a modified fall academic calendar that converted fall break and the first two days of Thanksgiving week to class days, as well as ending in-person classes after Thanksgiving and conducting exams remotely. 

The new guidance states that students will be required to go through a daily health screening through the Covid-19 assessment tool, Healthcheck, before coming to campus. The health screening app will also allow for more robust contact tracing, as it allows students "to report a positive test result and anonymously notify other individuals" they may have been in close proximity to. 

The plan outlines multiple possible course configurations, including face-to-face, online, blended in-person and online courses, and HyFlex courses, which are conducted face-to-face but are also available online. 

Faculty members who do not feel comfortable or safe teaching in a course approach required by their department are asked to reach out to their department head to postpone teaching assignments until the spring or summer of 2021. 

"The academic year 2020-21 is being treated as a tri-semester year such that the fall, spring and summer semesters are interchangeable as it relates to teaching assignment," the plan states. 

Classrooms will also be reduced to 50 percent normal capacity, and all classrooms will have recording capabilities so that material will be available for students. 

To read the complete academic re-entry plan, go to www.auburn.edu/academic/provost/AU_AcademicReentryPlan.pdf. 

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