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Fall schedule changes

June 1, 2020

Dear students,

Greetings from Central Michigan University and the city of Mount Pleasant! I have missed your energy and excitement and I look forward to seeing you on campus for the fall semester. It’s going to be an outstanding year.

As we prepare for your return, your health, safety and well-being remain our top priorities. Therefore, we will begin and end our semester early. Classes will start Aug. 17 and end Nov. 25. We hope this helps to limit travel to and from campus, especially over the Thanksgiving holiday. In addition, by ending the semester early, we avoid peak flu season and address a possible resurgence of COVID-19, which some health experts anticipate in the colder winter months.

This requires several changes to our fall schedule, including:
  • Residence hall move-in will begin earlier — Aug. 13 — and by appointment to ensure social distancing.
  • Large events such as Leadership Safari, IMPACT and homecoming will be held, if we can do so safely, but they will look and feel different.
  • Because of the compressed schedule, we will not implement a fall wellness break this year, as originally planned.
  • Face-to-face classes will follow social distancing guidelines and include simultaneous remote access (commonly referred to “Hyflex,” for hybrid-flexible).
  • Plans for December commencement are being evaluated, and the event will likely not happen on the date originally scheduled. We hope to be able to celebrate earlier or in a different format, if necessary.
I know this raises many questions. You can find more answers on this Fall Semester Schedule Q&A. Please know that planning is still underway, and we will continue to communicate with you as we finalize details.

Health and safety measures

To align with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state regulations, we are adopting new practices, policies and procedures across campus, including new protocols for cleaning and disinfecting. In addition:
  • All students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to conduct a daily self-screening for symptoms of COVID-19 before coming to campus or attending class.
  • Everyone will be required to wear a face covering inside buildings.
  • Social distancing will be enforced everywhere on campus.
I ask each of you to accept the responsibility of protecting yourself and others. After all, we’re all in this together. If you have not yet done so, please review the CDC guidelines for slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Stay tuned

In the coming weeks, we will have a great deal of information to share with you, so be sure to check your email regularly and visit the CMU website often. If you haven’t done so already, please consider following CMU — and me — on social media, as well.

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Let’s prepare for a great academic year. Take care, wash your hands and, as always, Fire Up Chips!

Bob Davies, president