President Cheng releases update on fall semester

In an email, President Rita Cheng updated students and faculty on the fall 2020 semester. Cheng acknowledged the difficulties the COVID-19 pandemic has caused within the NAU community and praised the community's resilience.

Cheng said due to student and faculty efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Flagstaff Mountain campus is projected to re-open this fall.

“Consulting with state and federal leaders and health officials, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arizona Department of Health Services, we are developing and implementing protocols to ensure your safe return to campus,” Cheng said in the email.

However, Cheng also reminded the NAU community that returning to in-person classes this fall will require careful and tentative planning. She assured that any decisions made determining the fall course style will prioritize the safety and health of those on campus.

While focusing on health precautions, Cheng said the university will also continue focusing on delivering the quality education that NAU prides itself on. Cheng also said further communication and correspondence with the campus community will be provided as the fall semester nears and as further decisions are made regarding course presentation.

Cheng encouraged any further questions regarding the fall 2020 semester be directed to her email.