Purdue University Friday released the fall semester calendar for the upcoming school year — with classes kicking off on Aug. 24 — and officially canceled July on-campus events such as conferences and camps.
The school also moved coursework for that month online, including for the Summer College for High School Students program, but the school’s Summer Start and Early Start programs will proceed in person under health guidelines from the Safe Campus Task Force.
In a statement, Purdue Provost Jay Akridge also said “some on-campus student activities and programs will restart in July, and additional information on these will be shared when available.” Those activities and programs were not specified. “Small-scale experiential learning,” already permitted by Purdue with specific approval, can continue.
Akridge also said the school would work with faculty this summer on course development for the coming school year, focusing on online classes for students unable to come to campus and “hybrid courses.”
Purdue’s board of trustees approved a Safe Campus Task Force proposal last week that removed breaks from the fall calendar -- keeping students on campus until Thanksgiving with the goal of limiting significant student movement -- and then ending in-person learning through the end of semester. Akridge said employee pay and the number of holidays would not be affected by the changes to the calendar.