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6/16/2020 3:50:00 PM
Belmont Abbey College Back To Normal By August
Restrictions scratched; in-person instruction resumes
The Basilica of Mary Help of Christians is the focal point of Belmont Abbey College. The college will resume mostly normal operations in August.(Photo Courtesy Belmont Abbey)
The Basilica of Mary Help of Christians
is the focal point of Belmont Abbey
College. The college will resume mostly
normal operations in August.

(Photo Courtesy Belmont Abbey)

Lincoln Herald Staff

With the virus-related restrictions ending nationwide, schools, colleges and universities are soon returning to normal.

Among them is Belmont Abbey College, just down the road in Belmont. Such is the recent word from college spokesman Rolando Rivas.

“Belmont Abbey College has made the decision to open its residential and commuter campus this fall for in-person instruction,” said Rivas. “The president’s cabinet has created subcommittees and working groups to plan and prepare for the fall opening. Effective June 1, the college established protocol and policy for the reopening of the campus. Belmont Abbey College will take reasonable precautions, abide by federal, state and local government mandates regarding COVID-19 (corona virus disease, 2019) restrictions and continue to monitor and respond to recognized health agencies, regarding COVID-19 recommendations.

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“By employing prudent, reasonable and practical measures,” he added, “along with the appropriate exercise of each member’s free will, personal responsibility and concern for safety, the college intends to minimize the spread of the virus while continuing to build up its community. The college will also make special accommodations for students, faculty or staff members with existing health or medical conditions.”

Rivas also provided a list of relevant upcoming dates for this summer and autumn.

Aug. 11 begins the moving in of student-athletes. Conference Carolinas and its member institutions intend to play a full schedule, including championships.

Aug. 14 brings orientation and the new student move-in. Move-in procedures and residence life will incorporate State-mandated “physical distancing” measures to promote both safety and hospitality, as Rivas said.

“Dining services will minimize virus spread with modifications to eating spaces, take-out services and server-provided meals,” he continued.

Evening classes begin Aug. 17. Day classes begin the next day. Classrooms, laboratories and library facilities will follow the college’s updated safety guidelines, which include new flexible classroom scheduling to increase physical distance while preserving instructional integrity, Rivas said.

“Nov. 20, in-person classes end,” he said. “The college will conduct its remaining classes remotely, with the last day of finals scheduled for Dec. 11.

“There have been no positive cases of COVID-19 within the college community,” he added. “Should any member of the community test positive for COVID-19, the college administration will notify the community.”

A detailed description of the specific actions and requirements for opening in the fall semester, which the college will update throughout the summer, may be found on the Website at

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