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Penn State Expected To Announce More Spring Semester Details October 5

Update, 8 a.m. Monday: Penn State officially announced it’s delaying the start of the spring semester and canceling spring break. You can read our entire post here.

Original Story: During a university-wide virtual town hall Sunday, Penn State Provost Nick Jones said the university will likely announce more details surrounding its upcoming spring semester on Monday, October 5.

“We’ve had a group of folks working very hard on [the spring semester] over the last six weeks or so and we will be making an announcement tomorrow about the plans for the spring semester,” Jones said.

Although he didn’t commit to any specifics, Jones said Monday’s announcement could include information regarding spring semester course selection, the academic calendar, and spring break.

“We will be sending out and making [information] available to everybody so you can all plan accordingly,” Jones said.

On September 8, Penn State announced it would continue providing both in-person, remote, and mixed-mode instruction in the spring. Penn State said continuing these atypical instruction modes is necessary “given the evolving nature of the pandemic.”

In that announcement, Penn State added it hasn’t made a decision on next semester’s spring break or when exactly the semester would begin and end. Penn State said it’s advising instructors and students to delay making travel plans until these decisions are made.

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Matt DiSanto

Matt is a junior majoring in journalism and is Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football aficionado, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza. He loves Seinfeld, is really into video games, and would wipe the floor with you in Halo. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ for bad sports takes or email him at [email protected]


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