Capital University has announced plans to resume in-person classes and student housing at its Bexley campuses and downtown law school for the fall 2020 semester.

However, university administrators said details are still being ironed out and plans would incorporate social-distancing guidelines from Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

In mid-March, Capital moved to remote learning, closed its residence halls and required employees to work from home as a result of COVID-19.

"While there still is much we don't know, we believe with careful planning and preparation we can safely bring the Capital family back together to learn and live on campus this fall," Capital President Elizabeth Paul said.

The university is exploring a variety of options for in-person classes at its Bexley campuses as well as its downtown Columbus law school, Capital spokesperson Denise Russell said.

"We are looking at a variety of scenarios for fall that will allow us to meet current social-distancing guidelines, including smaller class sizes, reconfiguring classrooms and social spaces and reduced occupancy in the residential halls," Russell said. "If health and safety concerns prevent us from returning to campus in the fall, we will be fully prepared to continue remote learning for our students."

Paul said the university is working with the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Ohio Athletic Conference to develop safety guidelines for athletic activities.

"While we are confident in the university's ability to adjust to new standards, the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff always come first," Paul said. "Even with all of this planning, if we don't believe we can safely return in August, we will be fully prepared to extend our remote learning."

Capital administrators plan to make a final decision about in-person classes next month, Russell said.

"We think we will have more clarity, and therefore confidence in our decision, by mid-June," she said.

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