Recovery Plan for Fall 2020


Preparing to welcome students back to campus for the fall 2020 semester

A personalized, on-campus academic and co-curricular experience is foundational to the transformative Catholic, Jesuit education to which Marquette University has been dedicated for 140 years. Marquette intends to resume campus operations this fall if governmental and medical authorities say it is safe to do so. With expertise from a COVID-19 Response Team made up of more than 100 experts from across campus, we are carefully developing a Recovery Plan that will lead to a safe, phased approach to reopening the campus this summer to welcome students back in the fall.


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Preparing to return to campus

  • Establish the processes and resources necessary to plan for resumption of on-campus instruction while mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our campus and broader communities
  • Maintain a commitment to our Catholic, Jesuit mission and to continued academic and research excellence
  • Mitigate the effects of the global pandemic on our Marquette community through testing and tracing, as well as training in PPE and physical distancing measures
  • Return our campus facilities to a condition that allows for students, faculty and staff to return to campus, with a focus on physical distancing practices, de-densification and the complete cleaning and disinfection of campus buildings
  • Communicate clear direction and expectations to faculty, staff and students for returning to campus
  • Be prepared to adapt to changing COVID-19 guidelines from medical and governmental authorities

Delivering successful and sustainable academic instruction

  • Prioritize resources for academic support and Information Technology Services to help faculty develop online instruction, as needed
  • Ramp up research activities on campus this summer, to allow for laboratory-based activities, field work and work involving human research participants
  • Begin on-campus undergraduate classes earlier than usual, on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, and begin Graduate School and Graduate School of Management courses on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020
  • Shorten Fall Break and conclude in-person classes on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, with remote final exams from December 2 to 9, 2020
  • Provide a mix of in-person and online coursework to limit population density and provide for proper physical distancing measures
  • Be ready to pivot to completely online instruction at any point in the semester, if needed

Providing resources for student success

  • Guaranteed admission through May 1, 2021, for freshman applicants who were admitted for the fall 2020 semester
  • Encourage students whose changing economic circumstances jeopardize their ability to continue their Marquette education to file the FAFSA and contact Marquette Central for assistance
  • Ensure students have access to training materials for best practices and campus expectations due to COVID-19
  • Provide COVID-19-compliant access to campus facilities and services that support student success
  • Prioritize Information Technology Services to ensure all students have access to technology for online learning

Campus Response Team

Learn more about our cross-disciplinary COVID-19 Response Team.

View the team

Our Recovery Plan

Our five-step Recovery Plan will lead to a phased approach for reopening the Marquette University campus.

Our 5-step plan

Step Four Protocols

We are currently in Step Four of our five-step Recovery Plan.

Processes & Protocols

What fall will look like


Students studying and laughing.


Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Mayo Clinic are predicting a likely resurgence of the coronavirus in late fall 2020. To prepare for this possibility, key changes have been made to the 2020-21 Academic Calendar in accordance with the university's recovery plan.

A student doing research.


A phased approach to increasing in-person research activity has been approved for laboratory-based activities, field work and work involving human research participants. The Office of Research and Innovation has full plan details and guidelines for ramping up research.

A student at a desk wearing headphones, wrtiting on a notebook with a pen.


As we look toward an on-campus experience in the near future, we encourage you to explore our available virtual events, our virtual tour, and hundreds of videos from students, faculty, staff, alums and parents as you get to know Marquette.