UToledo Adjusts Fall Semester Calendar in Response to COVID-19
TOLEDO, June 5, 2020: The University of Toledo is
adjusting its fall semester calendar as an additional measure to
protect the campus community during this COVID-19 pandemic.
UToledo will begin the fall 2020 semester on
Monday, Aug. 17 — one week before the planned first day of class
— and is making additional adjustments to the fall academic
calendar so that students will end the on-campus portion of
their studies by the Thanksgiving holiday.
In adjusting the semester, UToledo also is
eliminating fall break, which was planned for Oct. 22 and 23.
All final exams will be completed remotely the week of Nov.
30-Dec. 4. These changes to the academic calendar will not
impact the number of weeks in the semester as students will
still be on campus for the regularly scheduled 15 weeks.
“Adjusting the fall semester in this way provides
our students a great on-campus learning experience while also
reducing the potential risk of exposure with students, faculty
and staff traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday. We want to
avoid, as much as possible, the potential for a member of our
campus community to contract and spread the virus when returning
to campus,” said Dr. Karen Bjorkman, provost and executive vice
president of academic affairs.
With the change in the academic calendar,
students will have the opportunity to move in to the residence
halls beginning Aug. 2 and continuing through Aug. 15. More
information on the move-in process and scheduling will be sent
to residential students in the coming weeks. Students graduating
in December will be able to move out of the residence halls
after their final examination(s).
“There are a number of uncertainties about
COVID-19, but our public health and infectious disease experts
have been working closely with local and state health officials
to implement proactive strategies to mitigate risk while
ensuring our students’ academic success," said Dr. Amy Thompson,
UToledo vice provost and public health scholar. "In the event
that a ‘second wave’ of this virus in late fall becomes a
reality, this strategy is one of many preventative measures
UToledo can take now to protect our students and our campus
UToledo continues to finalize its Rocket Restart
plan to put measures in place to promote a safe return to
on-campus operations. Additional details will be released in
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