By Reginald Allen II and Alana Bynes-Richardson 

President David Wilson and administrative faculty hosted a Morgan State University virtual town hall meeting in preparation of the upcoming fall semester on July 17. 

Wilson said, “We have the science to guide us, not the politics.” His statement set the tone for the rest of the town hall meeting. 

Returning students are to move in at the East Cold Spring Lane campus beginning Sept. 5 through Sept. 8, and new students move in Aug. 29 through Sept. 2.

This comes with a possible out-of-state student quarantine period for people coming from “hot spot” states like California, Georgia and Florida. 

Students submitted this question online: “Will we have to move out of our assigned housing after Thanksgiving break?” 

No, answered Wilson. He said that though in-class instruction will conclude after Thanksgiving break, students will not be required to move out. 

Classes will start after Labor Day on Sept. 9, then in-class instruction will cease after Thanksgiving break on Nov. 25. The fall semester will end Dec. 15. 

A definitive measure for housing is reduction of room occupancy. Kevin Banks, vice president of student affairs, said that residence halls such as Blount Towers, Rawlings Hall and Marble Garden will be moving to single- and double-room occupancies. This makeover is for triple and quad rooms that pose an obstacle to social distancing restrictions.

For off-campus housing like Morgan View, details were not disclosed, however, Wilson said more information will be given in the near future about housing options for students. In addition to the standard housing, Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel will be utilized to provide housing for Morgan State students.

Morgan’s plan for instruction works in-tandem with the safety guidelines of public spaces and student residencies. Classroom sizes will be reduced from a standard 30 to a maximum of 10, shields will be put in place and further proposals are in-the-works after recent student polls have been assessed. 

During the town hall, students were polled about these questions:

1] If you had your preference, which way would you want to take your classes this fall?

2] Some courses will be exclusively online. Other courses are likely to be face-to-face, but also live-streamed and recorded for remote learning. If the course you are registered for are offered face-to-face, which way would you prefer to attend the course?

With the options being face-to-face, combo face-to-face and remote, combo face-to-face and online, exclusively online, exclusively remote or no preference; 37 percent voted for a combination of face-to-face and online instruction and 63 percent voted for live-stream instruction. 

Morgan’s reopening plan is in accordance with the state of Maryland and CDC guidelines, however, the university plan can be changed involuntarily via an executive order by Gov. Larry Hogan. 

The writers are students in the School of Global Journalism and Communication