In a letter to the Stevens Institute of Technology community on April 29, President Nariman Farvardin reassured students that Stevens will unequivocally be open in the fall, but in what form still had to be determined.
“We are optimistic about the possibility of resuming campus life in the fall as we previously knew it: delivering personalized, classroom instruction along with engaging students in the many out-of-the-classroom activities that comprise the special Stevens experience,” Farvardin said.
“Should it be necessary, we are prepared for alternative scenarios for the fall, including a hybrid of online and classroom instruction or continuing the learning modes we have implemented during the Spring 2020 semester. “
He said in planning for the fall semester, Stevens will be guided by the state and health agencies as well as by the university’s campus team.
“We are currently conducting a scenario analysis—utilizing the brain power of the best and brightest members of our community and incorporating the counsel of experienced friends and advisors—to prepare the university for the various scenarios that we may encounter in the fall semester,” he said.
He pledged on behalf of the university to do everything possible to create a safe, healthy, and flexible university and campus environment, noting that the university is committed to delivering world-class technology-based education and that it looks forward to welcoming students, faculty, and staff back to campus “when it is safe to do so.”