ODU Coronavirus Response for Fall 2020:  More Information >>

This page was updated on August 10, 2020, 9:50 a.m. (Eastern).

Old Dominion University is working to safeguard the health of our community, following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health.

Here are the steps we are taking:

Fall Term 2020 date changes

Old Dominion University has rescheduled the first day of fall classes to Saturday, August 29, in light of current COVID-19 trends in Hampton Roads and Governor Northam’s recently adopted restrictions in Executive Order 68. The semester will begin, as planned, with a combination of in-person, online and flexible/hybrid courses.

Under the new schedule for Fall 2020:

  • Begins on August 29
  • Sept. 7: Labor Day holiday (no classes held)
  • No fall break.
  • Nov. 3: Election Day holiday (no classes held)
  • Nov. 25-29: Thanksgiving break (no classes held)
  • After Thanksgiving break, all classes will be delivered online through Dec. 11.
  • Dec. 12-18: Final exams (online)

Winter Term 2020

Winter Term classes will run from December 21, 2020 - January 8, 2021.

ODU offices are open, either virtually or physically.

Many offices and departments can hold appointments online, such as academic advising, financial aid, and the writing center. Faculty and staff who can telework will do so as needed or required.


We will update students, faculty and staff regularly about any changes to our operating status.

  • A central page about ODU's response to the pandemic is at odu.edu/covid19.
  • ODU's campus reopening plan and related news is at odu.edu/blueprint.
  • In addition, updates to ODU’s operating status will be posted through the ODU Alerts System, on the University's website, and sent through ODU email to students, faculty and staff.

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