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Joe Paterno Funeral: University Will Not Formally Cancel Classes, But Gives Teachers Discretion

Joe Paterno's funeral services will be held on Thursday, and while the University will not formally cancel all classes to enable students to attend, they are encouraging their professors to use their discretion to cancel or suspend their individual classes for that day, according to

Penn State will not officially cancel classes Thursday as a memorial service for Joe Paterno is held in the Bryce Jordan Center. But Provost Rob Pangborn has asked faculty members to "use their discretion in holding or rescheduling classes, recognizing the needs of students who wish to pay their respects by attending this ticketed event in person or by viewing it as members of the Penn State community on," a university announcement reads.

This move shows that the University is still committed to the education it is providing for their students, but still opening up the door for students to attend the service or pay tribute in their own way. I can't imagine very many professors holding a tight attendance mark on Thursday.

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