Dear Monarchs:

As all of you know, we recently concluded one of the most challenging semesters Old Dominion University has ever experienced. Despite the hardship and uncertainty, you adapted and persevered.

ODU's Steering Committee on Academic and Student Involvement has completed guidance on what we expect for the return to on-campus instruction this fall and drafted ODU's Blueprint for Fall 2020 reopening.

The highlights include:

  • A fall 2020 academic calendar that allows for on-campus, hybrid and online instruction, starting Aug. 29. After Thanksgiving break, all classes will be delivered online through December 11.
  • Reduced density in classrooms, workspaces and buildings to promote physical distancing.
  • Procurement of critical equipment and supplies to lessen the risk of virus transmission on campus.
  • Protocols for enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of buildings and facilities.
  • COVID-19 testing and tracing.

To view the Steering Committee's full report, visit

Campus leaders, in collaboration with faculty and staff, will begin adopting these measures, but we will need everyone's commitment and engagement for a successful fall semester. All of us share the responsibility for keeping our community safe.

We will continue to provide regular updates, including any modifications, as conditions may warrant. In the coming weeks, Student Engagement and Enrollment Services will release guidance on our phased approach for students returning to campus, including details on housing, health and counseling support, campus dining, activities and events. SEES will also launch a #ReignResponsibly campaign to promote wellness.

This global crisis has reinforced our resolve and resilience. We don't know when the pandemic will end, but as we continue to adapt to this new way of life, we will strive to build an even stronger Monarch community.

I have missed seeing you, and I look forward to welcoming you back to campus in just a couple of months. In the meantime, please stay healthy and safe.


John R. Broderick