Classes to Start Aug. 24 as Part of Revised Academic Calendar

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While plans for this fall’s reopening regarding on-campus housing and the mix of remote and in-person instruction are being finalized, a revised academic calendar for the fall has been announced by the Provost’s Office.

Classes will start earlier than usual, on Aug. 24, conclude Nov. 20, and students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving recess. Final exams will be conducted remotely. Classes will be held on three holidays: Labor Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day.

The revised schedule, adopted by the Faculty Senate Rules Committee, is designed to establish as safe an environment as possible to manage the risks associated with COVID-19. When the university’s complete reopening plan is shared with the community by June 30, details will be forthcoming about on-campus housing assignments and how off-campus students can access instruction in August if their leases don’t start until September.

Key dates in the Fall Academic Calendar include:

Aug. 24: First day of classes

Sept. 7: Labor Day, classes will be held

Oct. 12: Columbus Day, classes will be held

Nov. 11: Veterans Day, classes will be held

Nov. 20: Last day of classes

Nov. 20: Thanksgiving recess begins after end of classes

Nov. 27-28: Reading Days

Nov. 30-Dec. 4: Final Exams

Dec. 14: Final grades due by midnight