Penn State University will resume on-campus classes for the fall semester.
Sunday night, the university announced its “Back to State” plan to return to in-person classes for the upcoming semester. Classes are scheduled to begin on Aug. 24 and will run through Nov. 20. After Thanksgiving Break, all classes and final examinations will be held online.
Many other schools have announced similar plans for the fall semester. The adjustments come as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the country.
“I am pleased that the hard work of our task groups over the last few months has led us to this plan that will allow us to bring our campus communities back together,” Penn State President Eric Barron said in a statement, according to PennLive.com.
“The Penn State experience may look somewhat different this fall, but I am very much looking forward to seeing our campuses busy with students, faculty and staff once again. I know I speak for the leadership at each of our campuses when I say we are looking forward to welcoming our students back and greeting, for the first time, our new students.”
Students returning to campus is a good sign for college athletics during the 2020-21 academic year. Already, several student-athletes have returned to campus to begin voluntary workouts.