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An Engineering School’s Covid 19 Response To Fall Instruction (or How I Spent My 2020 Summer)
In March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Universities across the US closed to in-person instruction and moved their classes online. Uncertainty prevailed during the summer regarding how to safely reopen schools for the Fall 2020 semester. This paper explains how the Mercer University School of Engineering developed plans and procedures for offering in-person instruction while also accommodating students who were unable to return safely to the classroom. Through the Fall 2020 semester, Mercer University was one of the few universities in the country to successfully remain fully open with faculty simultaneously serving in-person instruction and on-line students when necessary.