Fall 2020 Plan

The University intends to resume in-person instruction and the residential educational experience at the beginning of the fall semester, as originally scheduled. Consistent with the published academic calendar, fall semester classes will begin August 24 and the semester will end December 18.

Calendar Modifications

We are, however, making two important modifications to the academic calendar, informed by public health guidance. Fall Break will be eliminated and in-person courses and student residency will end prior to Thanksgiving. The final week of classes and the study and exam period will occur remotely after Thanksgiving.

More specifically, our plans are as follows:

  • In-person classes will conclude on Saturday, November 21.
  • Students will move out of campus housing following their last in-person class in order to return home prior to Thanksgiving.
  • There will be no classes the week of Thanksgiving (Monday, November 23 to Friday, November 27).
  • Classes will resume remotely on the Monday after Thanksgiving (November 30).
  • Classes conclude for the fall semester on Saturday, December 5.
  • Reading days and the exam period will be held remotely from December 6–15. Please see the official academic calendar for more detail.

As always, provisions will be made for students who cannot return home at Thanksgiving or between semesters. No decision has been made at this time about the spring calendar.

It is important to note that while we are fully committed to resuming residential education, we understand that public health conditions and the course of the pandemic may change at any time. Should conditions ultimately preclude campus residency, we will be prepared to support the continued academic progress of our students as well as job and internship placements, student activities, clubs, and counseling.