NIU tower

(WLBK photo)

Our sister station WLBK reports that Northern Illinois University is planning to have students return to DeKalb in the fall, but some classes will still be online and no student will be required to live on campus.

Details aren’t known yet, but the university is making plans to have some classes on campus for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak in March.

In a message to students, Provost Beth Ingram says fall schedules will include courses taught in-person, online and some that combine the two.

Ingram says, “the start of the fall semester will need to look different from last year.” In-person classes will be kept smaller and will be scheduled in a way to allow for distancing and sanitization.

Freshmen are usually required to live in the residence halls, but not this year.

Citing the “unpredictable times,” the university says, “students who feel most comfortable living at home will not be required to live on campus.”

Those who are planning to live in the residence halls will be given their own room.