LEBANON, TN (WSMV) - Cumberland University announced it will alter the academic calendar for the fall semester in response to ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Cumberland Campus Reopening Planning Team has been meeting regularly to make plans for opening the campus as safely as possible in August.
In response to concerns, including a potential second wave of infections in the late fall and early winter, and the risk of campus contamination due to travel, the university has revised the academic calendar for the fall semester.
The fall semester will begin one week earlier than scheduled and will end before Thanksgiving to prevent the risk of students, faculty and staff traveling for the holiday and returning to campus. With the new schedule, Labor Day and the fall break holidays have been canceled and classes will be held on those days. Classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 17 and final exams will end on Wednesday, Nov. 25.
"The Campus Re-Opening Planning Team is working hard to ensure our return to campus will be as safe as possible," Cumberland President Dr. Paul Stumb said in a news release. "We appreciate the agility of our students, faculty and staff during this time of uncertainty and we look forward to having students back on campus in August."