Northern Arizona University will resume in-person classes for the fall semester on August 12th. The start is two-weeks earlier than normal for NAU. President Rita Cheng said in a letter Thursday that one of the reasons for the early start is so they can take advantage of expected lower COVID-19 case rates with cooler weather and so the fall semester can wrap up by Thanksgiving. School officials are working on plans on several areas related to the virus, including social distancing guidelines, housing and dining, student and faculty health, among other areas. Summer classes for June and July will be offered online only. For more information, log onto nau.edu/coronavirus.