Kutztown University Announces Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

Dear Kutztown University Community,

Thank you for your patience as we prepared for the return of our employees and students to our campus in the coming months.

Our Fall 2020 reopening plan is complete and can be viewed here. I'm excited to begin the reopening of our campus next week for our employees and the return of face-to-face instruction and residential life in August.

We have studied the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the framework provided by our State System of Higher Education. Our primary focus is to complete our mission of providing a quality education for our students, and doing everything possible to provide a nurturing environment for all those who work and learn on our campus.

We’ve made many proactive changes for the fall in the interest of the health and wellness of our campus. In our plan, you will notice a change in our academic calendar – we will start our fall semester as scheduled, but complete face-to-face classes the week before Thanksgiving, and finish the semester in an online environment. Masks will be required in many areas of our campus. Full details on each of these new initiatives, and many more, can be found online at the website mentioned above.

Please be aware that the plan is a “living” document and we will adjust our plan based on revised guidance. There are still unanswered questions, and we will provide additional information as we receive it from governing entities.

I want to thank the Emergency Management Committee for its tireless efforts in putting this plan together, and the many others who have contributed their time and ideas to this endeavor.

We will continue to update the campus through the remainder of summer as we approach the fall semester. I encourage everyone to read through our plan to fully prepare yourself for your return to campus. If you have additional questions, our Office of University Relations is ready to help at ur@kutztown.edu.

My very best wishes to you all.


Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson
Kutztown University