Citadel Planning August Return to Campus for 2020-21 Academic Year

Staff Report From Charleston CEO

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

The President of The Citadel announced today that the college is planning to reopen campus in August to receive cadets and students and begin the 2020-2021 academic year.
“Our priority throughout this crisis was, and will remain, the health and safety of everyone,” Gen. Glenn M. Walters, USMC (retired) told the campus community in a memo released May 12. “Our staff continues studying best practices, and we are learning a lot this summer from the Marines as they stage recruits on campus for observation before shipping to Parris Island for boot camp.  Although we are proud to serve this important national security mission, it is important we set conditions for the return of The South Carolina Corps of Cadets and the in-person experience for which The Citadel is known.”
Walters conveyed that the college’s closure in the spring protected the safety of campus population while assuring cadets and students were able to finish the academic year and maintain progression toward their degrees.  He underscored his appreciation for the internet education capabilities, normally only used for online courses offered through The Citadel Graduate College.
“The development of our online resources in the past few years allowed our faculty and staff to quickly pivot to the fully online instruction needed due to the pandemic. However, the heart of The Citadel brand is our Corps of Cadets and the residential, military model used in achieving our mission to produce principled leaders. With that in mind, developing plans for the return of the Corps is a primary focus.”
Walters emphasized that the Graduate College, veteran, and active-duty students also greatly benefit from face-to-face interaction with Citadel faculty where possible.
Though the intention is for operations to resume with as much normalcy as possible, Walters outlined the need for flexibility to adhere with laws, orders and best practices as the COVID-19 crisis continues.
“We must be ready, willing, and able to refine how we operate on campus to maximize everyone’s safety. Barracks, classrooms, the mess hall, and other centers of concentration could see changes to operations, as will campus generally.  These will be dictated as the situation warrants.”