Old Dominion University reschedules first day of fall classes

Posted at 4:38 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 16:38:59-04

NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion University will reschedule its first day of fall classes from Saturday, August 15 to Saturday, August 29.

Old Dominion University President John R. Broderick said that the decision to reschedule the first day was made in light of current COVID-19 trends in Hampton Roads.

“Although we had hoped to begin the semester early on August 15, several factors persuaded us to reschedule our opening," Broderick said in a statement. "Current projections suggest that the incidence of COVID-19 will likely pose a higher risk to our region in the coming weeks."

The delay will allow university staff to better prepare and expand capacity for the campus's COVID-19 testing center.

The semester will begin, as planned, with a combination of in-person, online and hybrid courses.

"We believe it is critical to offer an array of options to encourage student success, particularly for those who face challenges with access to the internet and other technology," Broderick said.

Students living on campus will receive additional information regarding move-in plans and times.

Under the new schedule for the semester:

  • September 7 – Labor Day holiday (no classes held).
  • There will be no fall break.
  • November 3 - Election Day holiday (no classes held).
  • November 25 to 29 - Thanksgiving break (no classes held).
  • After Thanksgiving break, all classes will be delivered online through December 11.
  • December 12 to 18 – Final exams will be administered online.