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ISU, Iowa, UNI cancel spring break due to COVID-19

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) -- Due to the ongoing pandemic, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University are making changes to their spring semester. All have decided to cancel their spring breaks.

University of Iowa

According to a University of Iowa campus update on Monday, the university will begin their spring semester on Jan. 25, a week later than originally planned. Due to this decision, spring break will be canceled as well.

U of I said this change was made in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ability to maintain the same number of instruction days. Their spring semester will end on Friday, May 14, with the summer semester beginning as scheduled on May 18.

University of Northern Iowa

Also on Monday, UNI announced they too will start the semester on Jan. 25, and will be canceling spring break.

For UNI, final exams will also be held from May 3 to May 7.

"These changes will give us the opportunity to further protect our campus community while still holding a full spring semester of on-campus teaching and learning activities. The modified calendar will also allow us to offer select classes during 3-week and 6-week winter terms through distance learning," said a UNI statement.

UNI students will learn more about those courses from their individual departments when they schedule their spring classes.

Iowa State University

For Iowa State University, officials announced Monday the university's spring 2021 semester will begin two weeks late and spring break will be canceled.

ISU classes will begin on Jan. 25 with the semester ending on May 6.

Classes will be held during spring break, originally scheduled for March 15 - 19. Courses will be offered face-to-face, online, hybrid and arranged.

"Our objective is to provide in-person learning, particularly for experiential courses, labs, and studios, while also providing flexibility for students and instructors who are more comfortable with virtual classes,” said ISU President Wendy Wintersteen."

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