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SU students to attend in-person classes, leave campus before Thanksgiving

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Syracuse University students will return to campus this fall for in-person classes, Chancellor Kent Syverud announced Wednesday. Students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving break.

The fall 2020 semester will be held on an accelerated schedule, starting Aug. 24, instead of the original Aug. 31 start date. Residential instruction will conclude on Nov. 24, Syverud said in a campus-wide email. Review sessions and final exams will be conducted online beginning on Nov. 30, and the semester will conclude on Dec. 9.

Additional Friday and weekend classes will likely be held to fulfill academic requirements and comply with public health guidelines, the chancellor said. Restrictions on how many students can be in a classroom at one time will make extra sections necessary for students to complete all their coursework, said Amanda Nicholson, assistant provost and dean of student success.

“It is not business as usual when you’re in a global pandemic,” Nicholson said. “It’s this balance between safety and this idea of having a social and rewarding college experience.”

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