Marquette University adjusts academic calendar in case of fall COVID-19 spike

Posted at 5:02 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 23:07:17-04

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University is already making adjustments to their 2020-21 calendar in preparation to a possible spike of COVID-19 cases come fall.

The school announced a new academic calendar on Friday with new adjustments including fall finals, winter break, and spring break.

To start, fall classes will start earlier than normal, on Wednesday, August 26. They will then conclude weeks earlier than normal, on November 24.

This schedule allows students to move out of their dorms and school housing prior to Thanksgiving, limiting the amount of time spent on campus during the first semester.

From there, students will take their fall finals online. Following finals, students will not return to campus for spring term until January 25, a week later than normal.

Spring break has been combined with Easter break, giving students off Saturday, March 27, through Monday, April 5, 2021.

After Easter, students will return to campus to finish out the semester. Spring finals will be administered in-person.

All of these changes are being done as "experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Mayo Clinic are predicting a likely resurgence of the coronavirus in late fall 2020," said Provost Kimo Ah Yun in an email to students.

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