Ohio Dominican University’s (ODU’s) Leadership Team has approved a revision to the university’s academic calendar for the fall 2020 semester in an effort to reduce the potential for exposure to COVID-19 during breaks.
The changes include canceling ODU’s Fall Break, which was scheduled to take place Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 12-13, and extending its Thanksgiving Break by two days. In addition, Thanksgiving Break will mark the conclusion of undergraduate classes occurring on campus, with the last day of on-campus instruction being Friday, Nov. 20. Following Thanksgiving, both the last week of instruction and finals week will be conducted exclusively online. Once students leave campus for Thanksgiving Break, they will not return to campus until the beginning of the spring 2021 semester, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 11, 2021.
“As we prepare to welcome students back to campus, we are considering a wide range of options to ensure the health and safety of every member of our campus community,” said ODU President Robert Gervasi, Ph.D. “This suggestion was submitted to the Leadership Team by one of our outstanding faculty members, and it received unanimous support in that it will allow students, faculty and staff to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and loved ones, while reducing the risk of this virus being brought back to campus after interacting with family members while on break.”
On Tuesday, May 19, the university announced plans to resume in-person instruction on campus for the fall 2020 semester. The decision is subject to future directives and guidelines issued by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and public health officials in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. During the spring 2020 semester, ODU transitioned to online-only learning to adhere to social distancing directives issued by Gov. DeWine. The university’s summer courses also are taking place exclusively online.