FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Indiana Tech will open for in-person classes on schedule for the upcoming fall semester at its main campus in Fort Wayne and its regional locations around Indiana and Kentucky.
Classes for the 2020-21 traditional undergraduate academic year at the university’s main campus begin Aug. 17.
Classes for the university’s College of Professional Studies program, both in-person and online, begin July 26.
The university says it has updated its fall calendar by eliminating fall break, which was scheduled for Oct. 12 and 13.
These two break days will be added to the week of Thanksgiving, making that entire week Thanksgiving break.
After Thanksgiving break, undergraduate classes will move entirely online for the final two weeks of the semester, which concludes Dec. 10.
Officials said this adjustment was made "with the intent to reduce the number of students returning to main campus after domestic and international travel over Thanksgiving break."
"Indiana Tech will continue to follow local, state and federal health guidance for minimizing health risks and ensuring the safety of students, faculty and staff," university officials said in a release.
The university is developing detailed safety protocols to ensure social distancing and related health and safety measures are in place to minimize the risk of coronavirus exposure at each of its locations.
The school says livestreamed and video-recorded classes will also be available to allow students with health concerns to attend classes remotely.
Indiana Tech also has contingency plans in place to move classes fully online as needed, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to be a frequently changing situation.
Karl Einolf, president of Indiana Tech, said in a statement:
“The health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff are of paramount importance to all of us here at Indiana Tech.
During a time of challenges and uncertainty for everyone, our entire Warrior community has come together to ensure we continue to serve students well and provide them with a great education.
Our commitment for this fall is no different.
Now more than ever, helping prepare our students for lives of significance and worth is vital work.
While some aspects of life on campus will understandably be different this fall to ensure we work and study together safely, our mission remains the same.
With Indiana Tech’s long and successful history of online education, we also have the ability to pivot quickly and effectively to online classes if needed.”
For more information about Indiana Tech and the 2020-21 academic calendar, visit their website.