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Students walk across the bridge above University Drive the day before school opens on Aug. 19, 2020, at Arizona State University in Tempe. (Photo: Sean Logan/The Republic)

Arizona State University announced Friday that students will end in-person classes early this semester and switch to a fully remote learning model after Thanksgiving break.

Students received the email from ASU Provost Mark Searle at 4:20 p.m. The email also said that final exams will bump up a week and be held on the last day of class, now starting on Nov. 30 instead of Dec. 7. Also, graduation ceremonies will be held online only.

ASU announced Thursday that 1,580 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 1 as have 30 staff and faculty members out of 57,629 tests given — a 2.8% positivity rate. Although ASU’s positivity rate has been rising, a positivity rate of 5% is considered a good