Three more universities – Purdue University, Rice University and Creighton University – plan to cancel fall breaks and end “face-to-face” instruction before Thanksgiving, in part due to health concerns tied to a mass exit and return of students during these breaks.
Here is how each school plans to conduct its fall semester:
The university in West Lafayette, Indiana is planning to cancel its typical Labor Day holiday and October break, and finish face-to-face instruction (but not the semester) prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Here is Purdue’s planned Fall 2020 schedule:
- Aug. 24 – Classes Begin
- Nov. 24 – Face-to-face Instruction Ends
- Nov. 25-28 – Thanksgiving Break
- Dec. 5 – Classes End
- Dec. 7-12 – Final Exams
The Houston, Texas school says it plans to shorten the number of weeks classes will take place during the fall semester.
Specifically, the school will cancel its two-day fall recess (originally scheduled for October 12-13), enabling them to end classes before Thanksgiving.
The school says all requirements beyond that, such as exams and papers, will be able to be completed remotely.
The Omaha, Nebraska college is starting its fall semester early and will conclude (exams and all) before Thanksgiving, according to a statement.
On-campus fall semester classes will begin on August 17, the last day of classes will be Nov. 17; final semester exams will begin Nov. 19 and conclude at noon on Nov. 25. There will be one break in the semester, for Labor Day, on Sept. 7.
According to its website, the school decided that ending the semester at Thanksgiving break would reduce the need for students to make multiple trips, should coronavirus cases increase with the start of the winter flu season.