Earlier this summer, the University of Evansville made the decision to begin the Fall 2020 semester on Aug. 17, nine days earlier than originally planned. Moving up the start date was intended to accommodate for a shortened semester that would promote the health and safety of the community. As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise not only in Southwestern Indiana but also throughout the State of Indiana, UE has made the decision to delay the start of the Fall 2020 semester to Aug. 26. Classes will now begin as originally scheduled by the University.

UE is working diligently to safely reopen the campus. When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, the University established a health care task force comprised of employees, faculty, health professionals and students. While the main goal is to provide an in-person college experience, returning to campus as safely as possible remains the top priority.

"While we are doing everything we can to protect our community, we also ask our students to do their part so we can minimize the spread," said Dr. Payal Patel-Dovlatabadi, associate professor of public health. "Masks and social distancing have been proven to help, and that is why these two measures will be so important on our campus this fall."

The last day of academic instruction for the semester will be Wednesday, Nov. 25. After Thanksgiving Break, students will not return to campus for the remainder of the semester. Final exams will be administered online, and the last day of the semester will be Dec. 9.

The task force continues to monitor the situation at the local, state, and national level as the Fall 2020 semester approaches. Members of the task force are also hopeful the statewide mask mandate will impact and reduce the number of future cases during the coming weeks. For the complete community-wide message and further updates from the COVID-19 task force, please visit evansville.edu/coronavirus.

Students at the University of Evansville shape powerful and enduring change. UE is the first in Indiana to be designated as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, and its changemaking culture empowers students to improve the world around them as UE Changemakers. With over 80 majors in the arts and sciences and pre-professional programs, UE's diverse student body represents 44 states and 52 countries. U.S. News & World Report recognizes UE as the #6 Best College in the Midwest among private schools. For more information, please visit evansville.edu.

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