Universities are breaking up with spring break. Many fear letting students travel for a week will spread COVID-19, especially since a vaccine seems unlikely to be widely available by then.

The University of Michigan is the latest major university to cancel spring break. They changed their academic calendars last week.

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The University of Michigan, Dearborn Chancellor Domenico Grasso said the cancellation will "mitigate the possible risks associated with campus community members who may have traveled during the middle of the semester."

According to ABC News, the following universities have decided to skip spring break: Purdue University, Ohio State University, University of Iowa, University of Tennessee, the University of Florida, Baylor University, Texas Christian University, Kansas State University, the University of Kentucky, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Many already adjusted their schedules for the fall semester, The New York Times reports. Notre Dame University eliminated fall break while Rice University and Creighton University decided to end at Thanksgiving break rather than going until Christmas. The University of South Carolina will end in-person classes and exams at Thanksgiving, though remote instruction and exams will continue through Dec. 14.

Thanksgiving break typically finds students traveling home to see family while spring break could pose an even greater risk since many use it to socialize on vacation. Students often travel to warm party destinations such as Florida or Mexico for the occasion.

This summer, data indicated that spring break was connected to COVID-19 outbreaks on college campuses.

Spring breakers Spring breakers gather at a pool party at a hotel in Cancun, Mexico, March 8, 2015. Photo: Reuters