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Connecticut Colleges Plan To Return To Full In-Person Learning In Fall

Tero Vesalainen

Public and private colleges and universities in Connecticut say they plan to be back to full in-person learning by the fall. Administrators anticipate there would be herd immunity on their campuses by then. 

Joe Bertolino is president of Southern Connecticut State University. He said the fall semester at Southern should have a familiar pre-COVID look.

“With faculty and staff resuming in-person teaching and working,” Bertolino said.

Judy Olian is president of Quinnipiac University, a private institution. She expects other regular college activities to also return.

“Students would be free to visit each other in the residence halls. Dining halls and dining services would return to normal capacity, just like restaurants. And our beloved 21 division one student athletics teams would again have spectators," Olian said.

Governor Ned Lamont said the state has an aggressive vaccination campaign to make that happen.

“Certainly this fall we want everybody vaccinated on our college campuses,” Lamont said.

In the meantime, the state is deploying mobile vaccination clinics on college campuses so students could be vaccinated before they leave for the summer.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.