To give its students the best chance at avoiding having any potential disruption to their in-person classes during the Fall 2020 semester, Marian University has announced it will move the start of the 2020-2021 academic calendar from Aug. 31 to Aug. 24.

Accordingly, face-to-face classes will conclude before Thanksgiving, with the semester finishing after one week of online classes and online exams.

“Our small campus size and low faculty:student ratio sets us up well to launch and maintain on-ground classes, but we are looking at everything to help minimize the health risks to our community,” said Acting President Dr. Michelle Majewski. “The health and safety of the Marian University community is our top priority, and we will follow the best practices our state and local health allies have outlined for us to minimize the risk for anyone coming to campus.”

Marian University will welcome students, faculty and staff back to campus following a summer of readying the campus to align with orders and ordinances of the City of Fond du Lac and Fond du Lac County, as well as the State of Wisconsin’s Phased Reopening Model.

Plans for the reopening of campus are actively being developed by a task force of Marian University administrators, faculty and staff. The group is addressing topics that include: academic policies, social distancing practices, protocols for dining and residence halls, personal protective equipment, and all cleaning practices.

“We are continuously and constantly reevaluating our procedures and protocols, but we are prepared to have a successful and safe 2020-2021 academic year,” said Majewski. “As always, regardless of how it’s delivered, we will create a student-focused, excellent learning experience.”

Further announcements will follow as plans are confirmed, with real-time updates being housed at the Marian University COVID-19 web page.