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University of Mississippi to end fall semester before Thanksgiving

The University of Mississippi is modifying its calendar for the fall semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Classes will begin as scheduled on Aug. 24, with the final day of classes taking place on Nov. 17.

“As part of the ongoing planning for the upcoming 2020 semester, the university is issuing a modified fall 2020 academic calendar as part of our efforts to protect the health and safety of the campus community,” the school’s announcement on Wednesday night read.

Final exams for the fall semester are now being administered Nov. 18 through 20 and Nov. 23 through 24. This changes from previous years, when the fall semester would end the first week of December, followed by final exams.

The only holiday observed and the lone day off students will have during the semester is Labor Day on Sept. 7.

“The modified calendar reflects the university’s efforts to mitigate the potential impact of COVID-19 during the late fall months,” the announcement continued.

No update to the 2021 spring semester was provided by the University.