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Murray State University Announces Condensed Fall Semester

Murray State University

Murray State University released a condensed academic calendar for the fall 2020 semester that ends Nov. 20. The university in a statement said the shortened semester will minimize student travel to and from campus during the holidays.

Classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 17 (instead of Aug. 18) and continue through Friday, Nov. 20. Fall break, which was initially scheduled to take place Oct. 8-9, is cancelled. The modified finals week will take place Nov. 18–20, with an additional 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. examination slot on each day. 


The university said students with internships, clinicals, practicum and other experiential learning may proceed with completion of those through the end of the fall semester on Dec. 11.


During the extended winter break, students may participate in the new “Holiday Term,” which is online only beginning Monday, Nov. 23 and ends Friday, Dec. 11. Students may enroll in a maximum of one course for this term. The “Winter Term,” which is online only, will begin on Monday, Dec. 14 and end Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, followed by the spring semester beginning on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. 


The university also announced a Nov. 21 commencement for May and Aug. 2020 graduates. The statement notes the ceremony was planned with the advice and consent of state health officials.


“Many individuals, including deans, chair’s council leadership, faculty senate representatives, faculty, staff and a Student Government Association student representative have been involved in this decision through shared governance,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Tim Todd said. “In these discussions, a careful and thoughtful approach was a key focus, with the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and community members being at the forefront. We will do our very best to plan for and implement a successful fall 2020 semester.”


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