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Butler offers COVID-19 summer class for incoming students

The university says students are living through history right now.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - While the immediate future isn't exactly certain on campus right now, Butler University is doing things to prepare for their incoming students.

"The summer course that we have for incoming first-year students is basically a Butler response to COVID-19," said Anne Wilson, a chemistry professor.

The university is planning to have a professor from every area of expertise talk about how COVID-19 is impacting their industry.

"We do have some of my colleagues from the College of Arts and Sciences who are going to be talking about developing a vaccine, but we also have colleagues from the College of Business who are going to be talking about what innovation looks like in this new landscape and what education looks like," said Wilson.

She says that these students are living through history right now.

"I think it's a really challenging time for these students who just graduated high school, as well as it's a hard time for these students who just graduated college, they've had a lot of their senior year taken away from them," said Provost Kate Morris

They say they hope this course helps to meet students where they are.

"If we're able to create learning experiences for students right here, right now about this moment that we're in, that is so different than anything else that students are used to, that will be a powerful learning experience," said Morris.