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EMU Regents Vote To Push Back Start Of Winter Semester


Ongoing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted Eastern Michigan University to delay the start of its winter semester by a week.

EMU's Board of Regents has voted to shift the start of the upcoming semester to January 13.

University President Dr. James Smith says it’s an additional precaution, in case there’s another spike of COVID-19 cases following the holidays.

“We’ve been looking at the data around the holidays, starting with Memorial Day and 4th of July.  We’re very mindful of New Year’s Eve," President Smith says.

The change to the academic calendar will also eliminate the traditional, week-long winter break during the semester.

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— Taylor Pinson is a writer/reporter for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him

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