Dear Marquette community,
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, one question has been on everyone’s minds: “When can we get back to normal?”
While our understanding of what is “normal” may be different than before, the best way for us to provide a distinctive experience for our students remains together, in community. An on-campus academic and cocurricular experience is foundational to a transformative Catholic, Jesuit education at Marquette.
This academic year, our COVID-19 Recovery Team and many faculty and staff have worked hard to provide as much of an on-campus experience as possible for our students. By adhering to health and safety protocols, and through your commitment to testing, contact tracing and symptom reporting, we were able to deliver a hybrid learning model that included in-person and online instruction. I want to personally thank each and every one of you for doing your part for our community.
Because of your efforts, and thanks to continually increasing access to vaccines throughout Wisconsin and across the country, I’m pleased to share that we’re planning for an in-person academic and residential campus experience for our students this fall.
The health and safety of our community members remains a top priority. We will continue to work with public health officials in the city and state to follow local guidelines and ensure we have all proper health and safety protocols in place. We will also maintain the mechanisms needed to pivot, should we need to adjust our plans.
We are pleased that Marquette has been named a vaccine site. As a vaccine provider, the university will continue to offer the vaccine to all currently eligible members of the campus community based on state eligibility guidelines and availability. It is important to note that we do not control the vaccine rollout; the state does.
Return to campus operations
I understand that there may be questions and concerns as we work to implement our return to normal campus operations. Please submit any questions through our online contact form, and continue to watch Marquette Today for further communications and updates.
I am excited for what fall 2021 will bring: the opportunity to reconnect with our faculty, staff, students and Marquette community face-to-face. I cannot wait to see our students back together on campus.
Dr. Michael R. Lovell