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Marquette University cancels Easter Break, replacing it with 'Mental Health Days'

Posted at 7:34 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 20:39:25-04

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University has canceled Easter Break, replacing the vacation with four 'Mental Health Days' that school officials hope will allow students some rest while also reducing unnecessary travel amid the pandemic.

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Kimo Ah Yun, informed students and family of the change in a note Wednesday.

"University leadership recognizes that it can be difficult to manage the anxieties and stress associated with this pandemic," Yun explained, adding that counselors are available to assist at (414) 288-7172.

"The Mental Health Days will provide students the opportunity to rest and recharge while also reducing unnecessary travel," according to Yun.

The decision does not apply to every school, though. The School of Dentistry, College of Health Sciences professional degrees and the Law School will make separate decisions concerning their academic calendars.

The following days have been designated as Mental Health Days:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021
  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Midterm exams will be held the week of March 15-20, 2021, and final exams will be administered in person the week of May 10-15, 2021, according to the university.

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