Update to Start of Spring Semester

November 30, 2020

Dear Warriors,

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, I shared with the campus community that the start of the spring 2021 semester will be adjusted. I want to clarify that this adjustment ONLY applies to those teaching and attending on-campus face-to-face courses. Consistent with our academic calendar, ALL classes will start on Jan. 28. However, courses that were approved for face-to-face instruction will need to begin in a virtual format, and may transition to in-person on-campus instruction on or after Feb. 1. Faculty teaching these face-to-face courses will be contacted by their college dean for additional support.

Please note that all University Extended Education courses for the winter and spring 2021 sessions are being conducted virtually and will begin as planned.

In alignment with CDC guidelines, all faculty, staff and students are encouraged NOT TO TRAVEL OR GATHER WITH OTHERS during the next eight weeks. Please refer to the CDC website for additional guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19. These precautionary actions are particularly urgent because if we can stay in good health through the holidays, this will ensure that more people will be safer until promising vaccines are available later in spring or early summer.

In the coming weeks, we will provide more information regarding the spring semester and health and safety COVID-19 testing protocols on campus.

Thank you for your continued patience and persistence during this time. We are looking forward to a new year filled with hope and renewed energy.


Ellen Junn, Ph.D.