Old Dominion University pushes back fall semester start date

Posted at 4:29 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 18:36:58-04

NORFOLK, Va. -– Old Dominion University is rescheduling the first day of fall classes to in light of current COVID-19 trends and restrictions in the Hampton area.

The first day of class is now Saturday, August 29, pushed back from August 15.

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

Additionally, the delay will allow ODU to better prepare and expand capacity for its own COVID-19 testing center on campus.

The updated schedule maintains the framework of the University’s reopening plan, which sets out parameters for changes based on the unpredictable course of the coronavirus, according to Broderick

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,” President Broderick said.

Students planning to live on campus will receive additional information regarding move-in plans and times, as well as Weeks of Welcome activities.

The new semester schedule is as follows:

  • 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.

More information is available at

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