The Fall Contingency Planning Task Force announced that Eastern Kentucky University will begin the fall semester on August 17, 2020 and conclude the semester before Thanksgiving break.

The task force said that final exams will be administered online the week of November 30.

“The President’s Council, upon the recommendation of the Task Force, has approved a revised calendar that minimizes the effects of holiday travel, allows for a six-week winter term for students to get ahead or catch up, and retains the integrity of the eight-week block schedule for students who have chosen those courses,” the task force said in an email to students.

The change will require eliminating fall break and adding two instructional days.

EKU is working to develop a plan to adjust classes and keep students healthy and safe while on campus.

“EKU is developing plans for each course and will adjust spaces and delivery to enhance both academic quality and safety. Students will receive individual communications about any changes to their enrolled courses,” the email said.

EKU is preparing to have students back in campus housing and the dining hall this fall. Plans are being finalized and will be announced later this month. 

“EKU is working to finalize residential housing and dining plans for the fall semester. We are eager to welcome you back to campus. More information will become available soon. We look forward to seeing you on campus and online in the fall,” the task force announced. 

The task force is following local and state COVID-19 guidelines and will modify their plan as needed. 

“During these especially challenging times, the EKU community has worked together to meet students where they are and in the safest way possible. The well being of our students, faculty and staff during this pandemic will continue to be our first priority,” the task force said. 

The task force said they will have more information available at the end of the month.

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