In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Indiana University will not hold in-person classes in the upcoming school year from Nov. 22, 2020 to Feb. 7, 2021, it announced Wednesday.
According to an announcement on the university website, school will begin on Aug. 24 as planned, and students will complete the 16-week semester on Dec. 20. However, students will not return to campus for the fall semester after Thanksgiving break, which starts Nov. 21. Spring semester technically starts Jan. 19, but in-person classes don’t begin until Feb. 8. Fall and spring breaks are canceled under the new schedule.
Fall and spring classes can be either eight, 13 or 16 weeks long for the 2020-21 academic year. The school is also adding a new winter session from Nov. 30 to Feb. 7.
According to the Indiana Daily Student, all on-campus rooms will be single-occupancy with a “rigorous exemption process” for students who request a roommate.
Last week, IU announced a partnership with IU Health to provide COVID-19 screening, testing and management services for the 140,000 faculty, staff and students at all IU campuses and facilities across the state.
IU is the latest in a handful of schools that have announced changes to their 2020-21 school year nationwide. The California State University system announced earlier in May that it will hold most of its instruction remotely this fall, though it’s not yet clear how that will impact the schools’ ability to have intercollegiate athletics. Notre Dame University has also altered its calendar in a manner similar to IU’s, though students will come back in early August and finish the fall semester in its entirety before Thanksgiving.
Last season, the Hoosiers swam at the Tennessee Invitational from Nov. 21-23 and hosted a diving invite from Nov. 22-24. There’s no word yet on how the school will handle athletics, but obviously, if students are not permitted to be on-campus while classes are online, that would be a significant hurdle to overcome for winter sports.
Indiana’s men and women both finished third at the 2020 Big Ten Championships. The men finished third at the 2019 NCAA Championships and the women finished ninth.