The Berkshire Eagle

NORTH ADAMS — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is prepping the campus for a return of students for a fall semester of in-person classes.

James F. Birge, president of MCLA, announced the decision in a memo to the college community Thursday.

"Although returning to campus this fall presents some risk, we will work to make the campus experience as safe as possible for everyone," Birge wrote. "Of course, this means we will have to significantly shift our way of learning, teaching, and working. We are prepared to change this plan if confronted with new information or recommendations from the state."

The announcement and return plan resulted from work done by the school's Return to Campus Advisory Committee of faculty, staff and administrators.

MCLA continues to enroll students for the Fall 2020 semester.

"We know the residential and in-person class experience is important to our students, students at state universities across the Commonwealth, and nationally," Birge said. "MCLA's tuition and room and board costs are well below the typical private university, and new measures like single rooms for all students and free laundry facilities will allow us to stay as close to the traditional residential experience for our students, while also increasing measures around health and safety."