Indiana University announced its plans for the 2020-2021 school year, including a mix of online-only and in-person classes throughout both fall and spring semesters and eliminating fall and spring breaks.
A news release from the university says during the fall semester (Aug. 24-Dec.20), classes may meet either in person or online until Nov. 20. And beginning Nov. 30, classes will go virtual for the remainder of the fall semester.
IU Spokesman Chuck Carney says the university hasn’t worked out specifics on what classes will be in-person and what classes with be virtual.
“We’ll be scheduling for what will work best for the schedules, will work best for classes being offered, and also the type of class that it is,” he says.
He says staff and students can expect more information on what classes will be in-person in the next several weeks.
As for spring semester (Jan. 19-May 9), classes will be virtual through Feb. 7 and move to either in-person or remain online through the end of the semester.
There will also be a new, online-only Winter Session held Nov. 30-Feb. 7.
Dorms at IU campuses will move to single-occupancy rooms, but the release says "following a rigorous exemption process," some shared rooms will be available.
Carney says student housing contracts with IU still stand.
He says today's announcements were meant to provide general dates, so that the students, faculty and staff could start making plans for the coming months.
As more information comes out, Carney directs people to stay updated by going to fall2020.iu.edu.