BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Indiana University says its campuses will welcome back students for the fall semester. The university says campuses will reopen with a mix of in-person and online courses as well as an adjusted calendar through May 2021.
IU President Michael McRobbie said important changes have been made to the academic calendar designed to support the safety of all IU students, faculty and staff during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“As we have said repeatedly, the safety and well-being of all IU students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. We have followed a methodical and deliberate approach in developing our plans for the new academic year and are relying on the best health and safety guidance available,” said McRobbie.
The decision follows a report from the IU Restart Committee released to IU faculty and staff last week with a recommendation that the fall semester involve a blend of in-person and online instruction to ensure extensive public health measures are taken.
The university says many courses that previously met in person will become blended courses, with some portion of the instruction online. The change allows for an alternative to large classes where social distancing would not be possible.
IU says the revised academic calendar eliminates both the fall and spring breaks, minimizes travel to and from campuses, and provides additional course options for students. It also introduces a new online winter session that starts in November, providing additional opportunities to earn credit hours.
Additionally, IU says most residence hall rooms on its campuses will be single occupancy, but some shared rooms will be available for students who want a roommate.
The university says it is continuing intensive cleaning protocols and will continue to reinforce personal responsibilities to keep the campus community safe.
IU says exact procedures and advice will be finalized closer to the start of the fall semester.
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