UPR to open in remote mode due to COVID-19 rebound
By The Star Staff
The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) will begin the semester in the remote mode due to the rebound in COVID-19 cases, as announced by UPR Interim President Dr. Mayra Olavarría Cruz.
“We must be cautious and make decisions based on scientific evidence to protect our students and the entire university community,” Olavarría Cruz said in a written statement. “We will keep evaluating the development of the situation and, in accordance with the recommendations provided by health experts, the executive and administrative orders issued by the government, any change or update in the determinations will be announced.”
The official added that the decision was made with the advice of epidemiologist Dr. David Capó Ramos.
“Our wish is to have a semester in face-to-face mode, so as soon as the rebound begins to decline, and with the recommendation of the experts on the subject, we will transition to it,” Olavarría Cruz said.
As part of the work plan for the beginning of the semester, Olavarría Cruz said she instructed the chancellors to convene the dialogue committees on their respective campuses to listen to and handle the concerns and suggestions of all sectors of the university community.
Meanwhile, the teleworking modality was extended throughout the university system until Jan. 21.