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March 15, 2021

La Roche University to Fully Reopen in Fall 2021

PITTSBURGH, March 15, 2021 – La Roche University announced today that campus operations and face-to-face instruction will resume at full capacity for the fall 2021 semester on Aug. 23.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Howard Ishiyama, Ph.D., said, “La Roche University is committed to providing students with a meaningful college experience while adapting to the changing circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited to open as an in-person campus, hosting students in our classrooms and residence halls as well as our athletic fields.”

The University will follow a regular fall semester schedule that will incorporate Labor Day, Fall and Thanksgiving Breaks. In-person classes will be augmented by a wide range of online courses. In addition, nearly all classrooms have hybrid technology to support remote learners.

La Roche reopened campus for the 2020-2021 academic year under an extensive health and safety plan that included COVID-19 mitigation efforts such as: required face coverings, daily temperature and symptom screenings, social distancing, and a phased return-to-work plan for nonessential employees. With only nine confirmed cases, the fall semester successfully concluded with a low rate of COVID-19 infection on campus.

The University will announce the health and safety protocols for the upcoming fall semester this summer. All guidelines will be based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Allegheny County Health Department.

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About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,300 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.