Union College will start classes for the Fall 2020 semester on August 10, 2020—two weeks earlier than originally planned.

The semester will also conclude early with students completing finals on Tuesday, November 24. The school will then have an extended break through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday until classes resume for the spring semester on January 11, 2021.

“We are committed to holding in-person classes this semester and making sure our students and employees stay safe,” said Vinita Sauder, president of Union College. “Our planning teams feel this is the best way to accomplish both.”

Campus leadership chose to adjust the schedule to help protect the health of the campus community by limiting travel throughout the semester and ensuring students are able to go home during the flu season peak over the holidays.

“Union is best experienced in person—and our students consistently remind us of this,” said Sauder. “This fall we will implement plans for maintaining proper social distancing, cleaning and sanitizing shared spaces, safe dining, and isolated quarantine spaces for those who become ill. We believe we can have a successful semester on campus as our students continue their preparation for a life lived joyfully in God’s calling.”

Read President Sauder’s message to students here.

Originally published on the Union College website.