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Johns Hopkins University’s goal is to resume its suspended on-campus activities to the greatest extent possible as soon as is prudent. We are developing guidelines for a phased resumption of research, instruction, and other activities during the coming months and into the fall in a manner that puts the health and safety of our community at the forefront and is consistent with the state’s Maryland Strong Roadmap to Recovery.

Your input is crucial. In addition to our formal task force working groups, we are creating multiple avenues for community engagement, including a student advisory committee made up of 20 undergraduate and graduate students and a series of town halls and forums to discuss the guidelines for resuming on-campus activity. The first virtual town hall, focused on topics most relevant to faculty and staff, was held on May 15. Comments and suggestions about the resumption of on-campus activities can be shared anytime.

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Guiding Principles on Returning to Campus

  1. We will fulfill our mission and meet our standard of excellence. The core mission of JHU remains unchanged, even in a changed environment. We are committed to maintaining our standard of excellence in all the forms that our instruction, research, and other activities may take, including in-person, virtual, or hybrid modalities. Our efforts will focus on allowing our students and faculty to pursue their personal and professional aims and will encompass not only classroom and research activity but also other critical components of campus life, including support services, campus traditions, and co-curricular experiences.
  2. The health and safety of our community is paramount. Protecting our learners, faculty, and staff is the starting point for each decision. When and how we resume our in-person activities in the physical spaces that animate university life will be dependent on the arc of the pandemic and the best public health practices available to mitigate its impacts, from social distancing and personal protective equipment, to effective testing, contact tracing, and adequate quarantine facilities.
  3. Science, evidence, and pragmatism will guide our decisions. Our plans for resuming campus activities will rest on guidance from public health authorities and the best available data and scientific information. We will be bold in developing options for resumption of all clinical, research, education, and service activities, but also clear-eyed about the trajectory of the pandemic and the effectiveness and practicality of mitigation efforts across our large, complex community.
  4. We will be flexible and innovative in the face of evolving circumstances. We will embrace fully the challenge and opportunity of exploring new ways to continue our mission as the circumstances evolve. The path of this pandemic is not linear; indeed, it will require us to be flexible for quite some time. So we will prepare for multiple scenarios and be innovative in providing a robust and dynamic campus experience that plays to our community’s greatest strengths—scholarly focus, insatiable curiosity, and a drive to turn ideas into impact—in whatever form those academic encounters occur.
  5. We will provide inclusive and equitable solutions. Students, faculty, and staff from every part of the university will be integral to shaping and implementing our plans to reflect the full range of our community’s needs and interests. The approach we take will be thoughtful and attentive to the disparate impacts of the pandemic on members of our community.
  6. We will heed our responsibility to ensure the university’s financial strength and stability. The success of our response to this pandemic will have lasting effects on the university, and we must be mindful to make decisions that not only help us weather the present crisis but also position us for sustained institutional excellence.

Phases for Resuming On-Campus Activity

Consistent with Maryland’s Roadmap to Recovery, we are planning for a phased resumption of in-person activities. Click here for details on how we are seeking to apply the state’s roadmap to Johns Hopkins’ campuses. Progress through the phases of recovery may differ across the university, and may be halted or reversed if conditions demand it.

Planning Process

Multiple workgroups have been formed with representatives from across the university to tackle planning issues related to the resumption of suspended in-person activities. Each workgroup will:

  • Evaluate and document options for return to campus, addressing the full range of issues within their respective areas and making recommendations among those options where appropriate.
  • Provide the university’s deans with broad outlines of how campus operations can be conducted safely so that each school, department, and program can develop detailed plans based on its individual needs and circumstances.

The roles for each of the workgroups are outlined below.

Research Workgroup

The research workgroup is examining lab management and safety strategies for principal investigators, additional supports for learners and trainees in an altered lab environment, and guidelines for resuming humanities research and library use.

View the complete Research Workgroup roster
View Phase 1 guidance for resumption of on-campus research activity (released May 19)

Academic Programs Workgroup

The academic programs workgroup is contributing to academic planning across the institution, evaluating a range of in-person, online and hybrid modalities for academic programs, including undergraduate instruction; assessing program readiness and needed modifications for graduate, professional, and Peabody programs; and providing recommendations for and coordinating the development of instructional support resources and educational technologies.

View the complete Academic Programs Workgroup roster

Student Life Workgroup

The student life workgroup is evaluating options for residential housing and dining, safe practices for student activities, modifications of orientation and transition activities, and safe practices for use of undergraduate facilities.

View the complete Student Life Workgroup roster

Health & Safety Workgroup

The health and testing workgroup is developing guidelines to protect student and employee health during the COVID pandemic and evaluating protocols for testing, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine, and student physical and mental health services.

View the complete Health & Safety Workgroup roster

Cross-Cutting Workgroups

These workgroups are considering broad “cross-cutting” issues that affect the entire institution, including the return to campus by faculty and staff, safe use of university facilities, monitoring the public health situation to make informed decisions about university practices, and a variety of other university functions.

View the complete rosters for the Cross-Cutting Workgroups

Student Advisory Committee

The JHU 2020 Planning Student Advisory Committee—20 graduate and undergraduate students representing all nine JHU academic divisions—will provide critical input and guidance as Johns Hopkins maps out a multiphased resumption of suspended in-person educational, clinical, research, and other activities, ensuring that student voices and perspectives inform the process.

Additional information, including a list of members of the Student Advisory Committee
Message: JHU 2020 Planning Taskforce Student Advisory Committee (May 12)

Fall 2020 Planning Task Force
Johns Hopkins University Fall 2020 Planning Task Force Flow Chart