University of Tennessee announces changes to the fall academic calendar

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The University of Tennessee, Knoxville announced changes to its fall academic calendar while developing new safety measures to prioritize “the health and safety of our campus community” amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

UTK Chancellor Donde Plowman sent out the changes on Tuesday, and the main focus throughout these changes is to minimize travel to and from campus once the semester begins, while also maintaining the required number of instructional days.

New Academic Calendar

The changes include:

  • Classes will begin as scheduled on Wednesday, Aug. 19
  • Classes will be held on Labor Day, Sept. 7 and during fall break, Oct. 8-9
    • This to allow students to leave campus for the semester after classes end on Tuesday, November 24
  • Final exams will be held online after the Thanksgiving break

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