2020-2021 Academic Calendar
To plan for the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the academic calendar for 2020-2021 has been changed. This calendar below was voted into effect by the Allegheny College Faculty on Thursday 28 May 2020. Many factors needed to be considered in the plan for on-campus classes for the 2020-2021 academic year. It is assumed that a system will be in place for physical distancing in learning spaces and that there will be some number of faculty and some number of students not able to participate in face-to-face classes. The College is planning for these assumptions.
Guidelines for plan:
- Health and safety of campus and broader community.
- Access and equity.
- Reduce the number of weeks on campus (limit the number of people on campus from November -February).
- No breaks where students leave campus and return.
- Limit remote learning (unless required by circumstances).
The calendar has the advantage of having as few students as possible on campus during peak flu season (mid-November through early February). The spring semester calendar introduces the opportunity for an innovative and creative three-week intensive course in January and reduces the teaching load and student course load at one time.
The fall 2020 semester will begin on August 31 with 12 weeks of on-campus instruction until November 20, when most students leave campus. The semester will resume on November 23 with strategically planned remote instruction followed by final exams. Students will complete the courses for which they are currently registered (typically four courses, 16 credits). There is no fall break and Thanksgiving Break will be as originally scheduled. The Dean of Students Office is planning for a rolling move-in beginning mid-August to allow for small numbers of students moving into each residence hall each day with the goal of all students moved in before August 31.
|Welcome Weekend||To be determined|
|First Day of Class||Monday, August 31|
|Move Out||Saturday, November 21|
|Remote Classes Start||Monday, November 23|
|Thanksgiving Break||Wednesday-Friday November 25-27|
|Remote Classes Resume||Monday, November 30|
|Last Day of Class||Friday, December 4|
|Study Days||Saturday-Sunday, December 5-6|
|Exams||Monday-Tuesday, December 7-8|
|Study Day||Wednesday, December 9|
|Exams||Thursday-Friday, December 10-11|
Spring 2021–Updated 10-29-2020
The spring 2021 semester will begin January 19 remotely with a three-week module (plus final exams) with one course taken (four credits) followed by a 12-week on-campus module that begins February 23 during which the typical student will take three courses (12 credits) ending May 20 (including finals). Commencement would be held on Saturday, May 22.
|Module 1 (3-week intensive remote)|
|First Day of Module 1 Class||Tuesday, January 19|
|All students must be registered for at least one Spring 2021 course by 5:00 pm ET on this date or they will be placed on a leave||Friday, January 22|
|Last Day of Module 1 Class||Monday, February 8|
|Study Day||Tuesday, February 9|
|Exams||Wednesday-Thursday, February 10-11|
|Break||Friday-Friday, February 12-22|
|First Day of Class||Tuesday, February 23|
|Break–No Classes||Wednesday, March 10|
|Break–No Classes||Tuesday, April 13|
|Last Day of Class||Wednesday, May 12|
|Cook-Lahti Scholars Symposium, Honors Convocation||Thursday, May 13|
|Study Day||Friday, May 14|
|Exams||Monday-Thursday, May 17-20|
|Commencement||Saturday, May 22|
Further changes to Summer 2021 are anticipated as a result of above calendar revision.
|Summer Term I||Classes Begin||May 24|
|Memorial Day||May 31|
|Classes End||June 21|
|Summer Term II||Classes Begin||June 22|
|Independence Day||July 5|
|Classes End||August 10|
Expanded Summer 2021 Academic Calendar
2021-2022 Academic Calendar (Updated 12-3-2020)
|First Day of Class||Tuesday, August 24|
|Gator Day–No Classes||Wednesday, September 22|
|Break 1||Thursday, October 21|
|Break 2||Tuesday, November 2|
|Last Day In-Person||Friday, November 5|
|Move-Out Break||Monday-Tuesday, November 8-9|
|Remote Begins||Wednesday, November 10|
|Thanksgiving||Wednesday-Friday, November 24-26|
|Last Day of Class||Wednesday, December 8|
|Study Day||Thursday, December 9|
|Exams||Friday, Monday-Wednesday, December 10, 13-15|
|Module 1 (3-week Intensive)|
|First Day of Class||Tuesday, January 18|
|Last Day of Class||Monday, February 7|
|Study Day||Tuesday, February 8|
|Exams||Wednesday-Thursday, February 9-10|
|Break Between Module 1 and Module 2||Friday-Monday, February 11-14|
|First Day of Class||Tuesday, February 15|
|Break 1||Tuesday, March 8|
|Break 2||Wednesday April 6|
|Last Day of Class||Wednesday, May 4|
|Cook-Lahti Scholars Symposium, Honors Convocation||Thursday, May 5|
|Study Day||Friday, May 6|
|Exams||Monday-Thursday, May 9-12|
|Commencement||Saturday, May 14|
|Summer Term I||Classes Begin||May 16|
|Memorial Day||May 30|
|Classes End||June 13|
|Summer Term II||Classes Begin||June 14|
|Independence Day||July 4|
|Classes End||August 2|
Please see here for brief Academic Calendars through 2025-2026.
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