Southern Arkansas University is modifying its fall schedule in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Southern Arkansas University has modified its calendar for Fall 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Classes will begin Tuesday, August 11 and end Friday, November 20 – almost a week before Thanksgiving.

“We are truly excited to welcome our students back to campus,” said Dr. Trey Berry, SAU’s president. “Over the past few months we’ve heard from countless students about their eagerness to return to campus and resume their lives, their classes, and their relationships. We felt it would be prudent to start the semester early and to finish the semester before Thanksgiving to better assure the health and safety of our entire campus.”

Activities centered around the start of the fall semester are outlined below:

Wednesday, August 5 through Saturday, August 8 – Returning students move in.

Sunday, August 9 – New student move-in and Mulerider Roundup (Orientation) begins. CLICK HERE to register for orientation.

Monday, August 10 – Mulerider Roundup continues

Monday, August 10 to Tuesday, August 11 -- Late registration and advising.

Tuesday, August 11 – Classes begin.

Tuesday, August 18 – Last day of entrance and course additions.

Monday, September 7 – Labor Day (virtual class day).

Tuesday, November 17 to Friday, November 20 – Final exams,

Saturday, November 21 – Fall commencement.

To better accommodate students and practice proper social distancing, move-in will occur over several days and allow only 10 students to move in every 30 minutes to each residence hall and apartment complex.

Students will receive a Move-In Packet through their SAU email which will include a link to reserve their housing move-in time. Due to the large number of people coming to campus during this time, students will be limited to two guests to assist them in the move-in process.

SAU will observe the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, September 7. Virtual classes will meet on this date. There will be no fall break this year.

Final exams will begin Tuesday, November 17, and the semester ends Friday, November 20. Fall commencement will be Saturday, November 21.

SAU ceased face-to-face classes on March 16, and moved all classes online on March 30. It and closed its residence halls on April 6.

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