The University of Toledo is making changes to the spring semester academic calendar as an additional measure to keep campus safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Classes will begin as planned on Tuesday, Jan. 19 in a variety of modes, including face-to-face, remote, online and hybrid/blended, to continue to accommodate social distancing measures in classrooms and also provide flexibility to students.
There will be no spring break this year to reduce the potential for a member of the campus community to contract COVID-19 while traveling and then spread the virus when returning to campus. Instead, there will be several instructional breaks scheduled during the semester. Those days in which no classes will be held are Tuesday, Feb. 16; Wednesday, March 10; Monday, March 29; and at the end of the last week of classes for the semester, Thursday and Friday, April 29 and 30.
The dates for final exams and commencement remain the same with exams May 3-7 and commencement on Saturday, May 8.
“It is because of the diligence of our students, faculty and staff in adhering to our Rocket Prevention Principles that we have been able to continue on-campus instruction this fall semester and we look forward to being in a position to safely continue to do so in the spring as well,” said Dr. Karen Bjorkman, provost and executive vice president of academic affairs. “We should all plan to continue to wear face coverings on campus, practice social distancing and good hand-washing behaviors, and monitor our personal health on a daily basis.”
Residential students will move back to campus beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13 and the process will be coordinated by the Office of Housing and Residence Life to reduce the number of students and families moving in belongings at any one time.
Should the University need to change its plans for spring semester due to changes in the prevalence of COVID-19 in the local community or updated guidance from public health officials, communication will be shared as soon as possible.