November 30, 2020: Communique on the phased return to campus for students with practical course units

Dear Students,

We trust that you are keeping well as you study virtually, following the closure of the University in line with the Government directive to close down institutions of learning to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Many of you have inquired about when we will go back to face to face learning, especially for the classes with practical components. To address this, we have conducted a review of the courses currently on offer, and have determined that while most of you will continue with virtual learning in the Spring 2021 Semester, some of you will learn through a blend of in-person and online learning, so as to be able to complete the practical aspects of your studies.

Your practical and laboratory sessions will be adjusted in order to adhere to social distancing and hygiene practices as stipulated by the Ministry of Health. All face to face delivery that will take place during the Spring 2021 semester is subject to an approved plan that will ensure all health and safety threats have been identified, assessed, and mitigated.

You will only be expected to come on campus on the days when you will have scheduled in-person teaching for your practical and laboratory sessions. This will be crucial as it will enable us to manage the capacity levels on campus, to ensure that we are operating in a COVID-19 secure manner.

For more information on which courses will be having on-campus classes for their practical and laboratory sessions, please refer to the university website, which has detailed information on the same. For your respective courses, please contact your respective Deans for further guidance. We will keep you updated on any changes that may come up in the course of the semester.

We would like to reassure each one of you that we are working on finalizing these plans, and that your health and well-being are our top priorities as we make preparations for the safe return to campus.

Prof. Amb. Ruthie Rono

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs

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