Recovery Plan for Fall 2020


Preparing to welcome students back to campus for the spring 2021 semester

A personalized, on-campus academic and cocurricular experience is foundational to the transformative Catholic, Jesuit education to which Marquette has been dedicated for 140 years. The best way for us to provide a distinctive experience for our students is together, in community.

The COVID-19 Response Team has developed a five-step Recovery Plan for a phased approach for reopening the Marquette University campus. A phased approach allows for the ability to pivot from one step in the plan to the next, and step back, if needed.



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Preparing to return to campus

  • We have carefully developed 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.
  • Continue to follow the approved Ramping Research Plan.
  • Begin on-campus undergraduate classes on Monday, January 25, 2021.
  • Begin Graduate School, Health Sciences Professional, Law and Graduate School of Management courses on January 25, 2021.
  • Begin dentistry courses on January 4, 2021.
  • For graduate and undergraduate students, replace Easter and mid-term breaks in spring 2021 with four Mental Health Days, spread throughout the spring term. Students are encouraged to review the academic calendar for information specific to their program. For these students, no classes or required instructional meetings may be held; no assignments, quizzes/exams may be due on these Mental Health Days.
  • Students attending Law School, School of Dentistry or Health Sciences professional programs should check their academic calendars.
  • Conclude the semester on Saturday, May 8, 2021; final exams will be administered in person the week of May 10-15, 2021.
  • Provide a mix of in-person and online course work 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