September 18, 2020
Dear Southern Community,
Earlier today, I received notification from CSCU President Mark Ojakian regarding the status of the spring semester for the four Connecticut State Universities.
In the interests of maintaining the continued health and safety of students, faculty and staff, the decision has been made to begin the semester on January 26, 2021 – a week later than previously scheduled – and conclude on May 31, as per the current academic calendar. (For students the spring 2021 semester will conclude on May 16, the last day of finals. Faculty contracts end on May 31.) This will mean that winter break is extended by one week and spring break (March 15-21) will be eliminated.
This change to the academic calendar balances guidance provided by the state Department of Public Health with the need to maintain the number of instructional days in the semester.
Colleges and universities nationwide have been making similar decisions as a proactive measure to limit student travel and prevent the COVID-19 outbreaks that occurred after Spring Break 2020. For the same safety reasons, many institutions, including the four CSUs, will not have students return to campus after the Thanksgiving break this semester.
As always, we must be prepared to pivot as needed, dependent on the trajectory of the virus and related issues. But for long-term planning purposes, it was important to inform everyone about the status of the semester as soon as possible.
As we progress through the fall and the outlook for spring becomes more clear, I will update you about other related topics such as course delivery and scheduling.
I thank you as always for your many contributions to a successful fall reopening and your continued commitment to preserving the health and safety of our campus community.
Stay well, and stay Southern Strong.