University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Ka Yee C. Lee have announced the University's plan to resume on-campus activities fully for the Autumn Quarter 2021, if the state of the pandemic and the health of the University community allow. The planned resumption would include Booth campuses in Chicago, London, and Hong Kong, in consultation with local health officials in those locations. In an email to the University community, Zimmer and Lee stated:
"Over the past year, people from across the University have worked diligently to help adjust our processes involving research, education and medical care to accommodate the individual and public health issues raised by the pandemic. These efforts have succeeded in greatly limiting the spread of COVID-19 on campus, even before the distribution of vaccines began in December."
The email goes on to state that "we currently feel confident in planning for a full resumption of activities on campus by the start of the new academic year in September. We intend to invite our full population of students to be in residence, classrooms and labs for the 2021 Autumn Quarter, if the state of the pandemic and the health of our community allow."