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Campbellsville University announces adjusted academic calendar for spring 2021 semester


Campbellsville University’s administration has announced the adjusted academic calendar for the spring 2021 semester that runs Jan. 12-May 1.

Dr. Donna Hedgepath, provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced the spring 2021 semester will have a unique schedule for the term.

Residence halls will open Jan. 9 with a staggered move-in system for resident students, much like the fall semester.

Remote instruction will begin on Jan. 12, and in-person instruction will occur Jan. 19 through April 23, with final examinations taking place April 26-30.

In lieu of a traditional spring break, “Tiger Days” will be scheduled on Feb. 10, Feb. 25 and March 16. There will be no classes on these days.

Hedgepath said classes and labs scheduled only one day each week may use one Tiger Day for planned syllabus activities if necessary.

“The spring 2021 semester will resemble fall 2020,” Hedgepath said. “In consideration for the wellbeing of the Campbellsville University family, elimination of spring break is necessary to limit travel during the semester.”

“The addition of the Tiger Days helps to provide the break that students and faculty need throughout the semester,” Hedgepath said.

The elimination of spring break adjusts the end of the academic calendar by one week. This adjustment also affects Spring 2021 Commencement.

Originally scheduled for May 8-9, 2021 ceremonies have now been moved to April 30 for graduate commencement, and May 1 for undergraduate commencement.

The specific dates are as follows:

Dates Schedule
Jan. 9 – On-campus staggered residence hall move-in and meal service begins
Jan. 12 – Virtual classes begin
Jan. 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, NO CLASSES
Jan. 19 – In-face instruction begins
Feb. 10 – Tiger Day, NO CLASSES
Feb. 25 – Tiger Day, NO CLASSES
March 6 – End of first Bi-term courses
March 8 – Start of second Bi-term courses
March 16 – Tiger Day, NO CLASSES
April 2 – Good Friday, NO CLASSES
April 23 – In-seat classes end
April 26-30 – Final exams
April 30 – Graduate Commencement
May 1 – Undergraduate Commencement

The CU Ready Plan, introduced for the fall 2020 semester, will continue to serve as the set of guiding principles for the return to campus for the spring 2021 semester.

The plan covers areas such as hygiene, social distancing, facial coverings, health screenings, testing and contact tracing, campus and classroom safety, academic guidelines and guidelines for various parts of campus life.

The university will continue to require a virtual daily health check-in through the updated CU app, which was released in mid-August.

In the event of a positive case on campus, the university is prepared. The university experienced positive cases in the fall, as well as close contact quarantines.

The student services staff, along with Pioneer College Caterers Inc., worked to care for students and see that their needs were met during individual quarantines.

The CU Ready plan is available to Campbellsville University employees and students and is found on Campbellsville University’s website at www.campbellsville.edu/reopen.

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