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Spring 2021 Overview

In this section:
Guiding Principles
Planning Process
Lessons Learned
Town Halls


We anticipate that the spring 2021 semester will be conducted very similarly to the fall semester, at a similar level of reduced density on campus for students, faculty, and staff. Important details include:

  • The academic calendar is unchanged, including spring break. The first day of classes will be January 26.
  • Most instruction will continue remotely, though we will continue to offer face-to-face and hybrid courses on campus. You can view our criteria for these courses here. Students will continue to have the option to take any class in fully remote format.
  • We are working alongside faculty to determine which courses are most essential to offer face-to-face and to complete risk assessment/safety planning for those courses. A complete Schedule of Classes will be available on October 26.
  • If conditions warrant, we are planning a limited increase in the number of in-person and hybrid courses and to make available space for additional residential students.
  • Residence halls are expected to follow the same strategy employed during the fall semester, with no more than one student per room, and two sharing a bathroom. Students have already received the spring housing application, which is due November 15.
  • Most faculty and staff will continue to work remotely. A limited number of faculty and staff who are approved to work on campus will continue to do so, with review by campus leaders.
  • Testing, training, symptom monitoring, and mask wearing will continue for students, faculty, and staff approved to be on campus. Information on safety precautions is available here.
  • Research and Creative Achievement on-campus work will remain at its current level, and we will monitor the environment and adjust as appropriate.

If you have questions or concerns, please consider attending one of our upcoming Town Halls.