By Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2020

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The University of Missouri Faculty Council has rejected a a proposal to start fall classes 10 days early.

KMIZ-TV reports that the council voted 23-6 Thursday against a proposal to begin the fall semester Aug. 12 and hold classes on Labor Day. The plan also called for ending in-person classes at the Thanksgiving break on Nov. 20, with finals starting ten days later.

The university said in a news release Wednesday that the proposal would have to pass the council before going before the Board of Curators.

University leaders had suggested the change in part to cut down on travel in the winter months when viral illnesses are more active.

The council instead voted to start classes on Aug. 24 and include a Labor Day break. The council approved a proposal to move to online-only classes after Thanksgiving break and to have finals remotely if needed.

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