The University of Lynchburg today announced plans for the Spring 2021 semester. Undergraduate classes will begin as scheduled on Monday, Jan. 25, with final exams concluding on May 18.
The graduate calendar may differ. In her email to students and parents,Dr. President Alison Morrison-Shetlar said graduate students should check with their program advisors to confirm schedules.
One change for undergraduates is certain: To minimize travel to and from campus during the pandemic, there will be no formal spring break. Instead, the calendar includes five wellness days spread throughout the semester.
“On these days, classes will not be held, and students will be encouraged to recharge by relaxing or participating in a variety of wellness activities,” Morrison-Shetlar said.
Classes will not be held on the following dates:
Monday, Feb. 15
Tuesday, March 2
Wednesday, March 24
Thursday, April 15
Friday, April 30
Similar to the fall, courses in the spring will be held in a variety of formats: face-to-face, hybrid, and online. Course offerings, including their format, may be found on the course offerings webpage. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisors to review their spring schedule and make necessary changes.
Residential facilities will reopen on Friday, Jan. 22. Students will be asked to sign up for a specific day to return to campus, and will be required to complete a health verification prior to their arrival on campus. Residential students will receive more information regarding the reopening process next week.
The University will open the spring semester and remain in Alert Level 2 with all current protocols continuing.
Updates to the public health plan, as well as guidance for a safe departure at Thanksgiving and a safe return in January, are forthcoming and will be published to the COVID-19 webpage as they are finalized.
“I want to express my appreciation to all in our community for the diligence and hard work that have gone into keeping our campus open and safe,” Morrison-Shetlar said. “We are nearing the end of the semester, and I urge all to keep up their guard as we look forward to final exams and the close of the semester at Thanksgiving.”
For more information, email the COVID-19 Task Force and refer to the COVID-19 webpage. For those on campus, remember to take your temperature and use the LiveSafe app each day to monitor any signs of illness.