Updated as of Sept. 29, 2021 at 9:26 p.m. to include student perspectives.
All undergraduate and graduate classes and exams will take place in-person, according to an email from Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley. The email states that some individuals have asked questions regarding the university’s plans after Thanksgiving break, which is from Nov. 19 to 29.
Classes end on Dec. 2, just three days after the break ends, and exams do not start until Dec. 6, one week from the end of Thanksgiving break.
For sophomore Isabel Zory, exams in-person following Thanksgiving Break is not just a travel or COVID-19 issue, but an academic issue: Zory said she feels students don’t know how to study anymore.
“None of us know how to study for exams anymore whatsoever,” Zory said. “Having them in-person, we should probably ease our way back into that. I feel like it’ll be beneficial at least on the learning side of things.”
For freshman Seth Greene, taking exams in-person will not only be a first for his college experience, but the first time he will be taking in-person exams since the beginning of the pandemic, which he said is “scary” to think about.