University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State announce dates for spring semester

VIDEO: Local universities make changes to school schedule

TULSA, Okla. — The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University announces their plans Tuesday for their upcoming spring semesters as schools across the U.S. continue to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis.

Changes to both schedules include a later start time for the semester and the cancellation of a traditional Spring Break period.

Here are the changes announced by OU:

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Fall Instruction Following Thanksgiving
Instruction for Norman campus-based programs will move entirely online following Thanksgiving break through the end of the fall 2020 semester, with lectures and final exams to be offered online. This will include the week of regular instruction following the holiday, the finals preparation week that follows and the week of final exams. This change is also applicable to Norman campus programs that are delivered at OU-Tulsa. University facilities, including housing and library services, as well as research operations, will remain open.
Spring 2021 Semester and Spring Break
For the spring 2021 semester, the OU Norman campus, including Norman campus programs in Tulsa, will extend winter break by one week, with classes now beginning Monday, Jan. 25.
In doing so, OU will not offer a traditional spring break in 2021. These changes allow OU to stay on track to end the spring semester as planned on May 14. Additionally, the university will explore the possibility of offering an instructional break day during the semester.
Spring semester class schedules and delivery methods will be offered in a format similar to the fall 2020 semester.
In an effort to keep students, faculty and staff safe from the novel coronavirus, Oklahoma State University will begin its spring semester on Tuesday, Jan. 19, one week later than planned. Spring Break has been canceled in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID with the additional student travel involved.
Based on consultation with state and local health officials, the university decided to adjust the start date of the spring semester to have the best chance to finish the term in person. The university’s goal is to provide the same modes of academic delivery next semester – a mix of both online and in-person instruction.
As previously announced by the university, students won’t return to in-person classes after Thanksgiving break, instead finishing the fall semester online.