PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Carnegie Mellon University has revised its 2020-2021 academic calendar, delaying the start of the spring semester until February 1.
The 14-week semester will have a shortened exam period.
CMU says the pandemic will likely continue through the winter months, and the delayed start will reduce the number of in-session weeks that will overlap witth flu season.
Classes will be offered in the hybrid-learning approach similar to the current semester.
The hybrid approach would allow for options of remote only, in-person only, and combination remote and in-person learning.
The school is also hoping that the delayed starting date will allow international students more time to process their visas.
One of the other major changes includes nixing spring break and instead offering two individual break days to be distributed throughout the semester.
The last day of classes is scheduled for May 7, and finals will be held the week of May 8 through May 16.
Commencement will be on May 23.
Details spelling out next summer’s semester are in the pipeline, as well.
Upon arriving on campus for the spring semester, a quarantine period will be required, and other COVID-19 protocol, such as contact tracing and testing, will be implemented.