SELINSGROVE — Susquehanna University will start is fall semester one week early and will eliminate fall break in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a news release, the university said it will begin classes on Monday, Aug. 24, and will end on-campus instruction on Friday, Nov. 20, at which time students will depart campus until the spring semester. The last week of classes will be held remotely beginning Nov. 30, with finals administered remotely beginning Dec. 7.

The university said it adjusted its academic calendar to prioritize the health and safety of the campus and surrounding communities, and in response to evolving guidance from public health officials.

“These adjustments will help to reduce the risk of infection associated with students returning to campus following break travel, while allowing us to offer 13 consecutive weeks of on-campus instruction and activities,” Dave Ramsaran, provost and dean of the faculty at Susquehanna, was quoted in the news release.

Move-in and move-out dates and times will be assigned to each student at a later date, taking into consideration applicable social distancing guidelines at that time.

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