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IU releases modified academic calendar for 2020-2021 school year



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IU will require classes to be online between Nov. 30 and Feb. 7 due to the coronavirus, according to an email from President Michael McRobbie and a 2020-21 academic calendar released on the university website.

The website says students will not return to campus for the fall semester after Thanksgiving break. Spring semester starts Jan. 19, but in-person classes don’t begin until Feb. 8.

Fall and spring classes can run either eight, 13 or 16 weeks under the new schedule. 

IU is also adding a new winter session from Nov. 30 to Feb. 7.

“This session has the flexibility to be used to finish fall semester courses, to begin spring semester courses, or to create new intensive courses,” the website said.

Classes are in session Labor Day. Fall and spring breaks have been canceled.

Residence halls will be open, but all rooms will be single occupancy, according to McRobbie’s email. There will be a “rigorous exemption process” for students who want to request a roommate.

The plan does not apply to the IU-Purdue University Fort Wayne campus or professional programs such as the Maurer School of Law, Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Optometry. Quarter-based programs are also excluded.

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