Ball State University is planning for students to return for the fall semester with new safety and instruction guidelines. Plans are still being formalized, but all classes will still commence on August 24 with more class sessions in the evenings and possibly on weekends. Larger classes may also be divided into smaller sections or taught online.
Faculty have been instructed to prepare courses to allow for face-to-face instruction and online learning, based on current conditions. Faculty will front-load instruction to be able to complete activities before Thanksgiving break. Classes after break, including final projects and exams, will be completed online. The originally planned two-day Fall break will be canceled and class sessions will be held on Labor Day to allow for a full 13 weeks of in-person classes.
Students will be expected to wear face coverings during in-person classes, with some exceptions. The entire policy on student/faculty face mask/shield wearing and other safety guidelines can be found in the university’s full return plan.