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Xavier will start fall classes early and in-person this August

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Posted at 12:41 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 13:04:55-04

CINCINNATI — Xavier University will reschedule its scuttled spring commencement ceremony for early August and start its fall semester with in-person classes Aug. 17, a full week earlier than originally planned.

According to an update posted Thursday on the school’s website, Xavier will also hold classes on Labor Day and eschew the four-day October weekend that functions as its fall break. Finals will be taken remotely.

“These changes are important to first reduce the chance of students, faculty and staff traveling during the holiday breaks to lead to COVID-19 hotspots and second to best utilize the available time on campus,” the announcement reads in part. “While the exact future is unpredictable, these changes will allow us to maintain the adacemic (sic) integrity of the fall semester while also providing the flexibilty (sic) that our students need to be successful”

The nearby University of Cincinnati has not yet announced a date for in-person instruction to resume. According to a letter from UC president Neville Pinto, small groups of employees and researchers will be allowed to return throughout June, July and August.

UC’s fall semester is scheduled to start Aug. 24, but Pinto wrote he was unsure whether students would be learning on campus or remotely.