Ball State University wants to give students a break during the spring semester. But with COVID-19’s spread, many schools have canceled a traditional spring break. Ball State has come up with another solution.
Ball State University students will return to campus on Jan. 19. And instead of a week-long spring break where students could travel – potentially spreading or contracting COVID-19 – the university is offering three “study days” throughout the semester.
As Provost Susana Rivera-Mills explains, the days are intended as a “mental break.”
“We do not expect academic activities to introduce new materials, have exams on that day, or have assignments due on those days.”
The days will be spaced out – February 24, March 23, April 14 – and in the middle of the week, so students receive a break but are discouraged from traveling.
With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise alarmingly in the state and nation, Ball State is planning 23 percent more online classes than a typical semester. And officials say the school is ready to go to online-only learning again if national health officials recommend the move.