The University has adjusted its Fall 2020 Academic Calendar and has also prepared a Backup Plan in the event of a COVID-19 resurgence in the fall.
Fall 2020 Revised Academic Calendar
- The first day of classes has been moved ahead one day to Monday, August 24 (from Tuesday, August 25).
- Fall break has been cancelled; classes will be held on Thursday, October 29, and Friday, October 30.
- Thanksgiving break will still be observed from Wednesday, November 25, through Sunday, November 29, although students will be able to stay on campus during Thanksgiving break.
- The last two days of classes will be Monday and Tuesday, November 30 and December 1.
- Exams will begin on Thursday, December 3; the last day of exams will be Tuesday, December 8.
This Revised Academic Calendar allows students to complete the semester and final papers and exams in person, as part of our Franciscan University community. At the same time, it will reduce student travel over fall break, and it sets the stage for the possible activation of the Fall 2020 Backup Plan.
Fall 2020 Backup Plan
The University will monitor developments related to COVID-19 throughout the semester and, as circumstances warrant, may implement a Backup Plan that will end in-person instruction on Tuesday, November 24, before Thanksgiving. The final two days of classes will be made up through online or Saturday classes in November; final exams will be conducted through online or remote modalities. Should Saturday classes be required, November 14 is reserved for Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes and November 21 is reserved for Tuesday and Thursday classes. Depending on the circumstances, resident students may be required to leave for Thanksgiving break and not return to University housing. The University plans to determine whether or not to activate the Fall 2020 Backup Plan by Friday, October 23.
The Fall 2020 Academic Calendar Revisions and Backup Plan allow the University to plan for a relatively normal conclusion to its fall 2020 semester, which includes the opportunity for students to finish classes, research and write papers, and study and take final exams in the context of our supportive University community. At the same time, the University is prepared to respond by concluding in-person instruction by Thanksgiving and conducting final exams online or through alternative modalities in the event of a COVID-19 resurgence.