BREAKING: Harvard, Princeton & Rutgers to Resume Online Classes, Ivy League Decision Coming July 8th
Earlier today, Harvard announced that the university will be keeping all classes fully remote for the upcoming academic calendar year for both undergraduate and graduate students. Harvard will still house up to 40% of undergraduates -- including all first-year students -- on campus this fall despite classes remaining online.
Shortly after Harvard's announcement, Princeton also made an announcement that they will bring back first-year students and juniors for the 2020 fall semester. Sophomores and seniors will return to campus for the 2021 spring semester. However, University President Chris Eisgruber noted that Princeton "will need to do much of [their] teaching online and remotely."
Neither Harvard nor Princeton mentioned specifics regarding the status of their fall athletics, but both universities did note that the Ivy League will be making a "final decision" on Wednesday, July 8th concerning competition for the fall of 2020.
It should be noted that NCAA President Mark Emmert has opposed the idea of universities competing in fall sports if students are not on campus and in class.
While it is not entirely clear what the final decision will be, multiple sources believe that the Ivy League will cancel (or push back) fall sports this year. Last week, both Forbes and ESPN reported on the possibility of fall sports in the Ivy League being pushed to the spring of 2021.
Earlier today, Rutgers also announced that they will "combine a majority of remotely delivered courses with a limited number of in-person classes" for the upcoming fall semester. A decision on athletics for the fall of 2020 has not yet been made.