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Changes to Spring 2021 Classes - Students

Published on Thu 02/18/21

Dear Students,

I hope you are all safe and warm after this week’s weather events. I wanted to write briefly and let you know about some changes when we return to class next week. I am urging your instructors to remain as flexible as possible with the understanding that some of you may have lingering power and internet connectivity issues. Please keep your instructors informed. For remote classes, much like last spring, you may need to seek out public or university WiFi or use the OAL on campus.

In light of this week’s events, I have authorized the following changes (which apply to all students except those in the School of Law).

  • We have received confirmation from authorities that the missed contact hours do not need to be made up. Therefore, no changes will be made to the end date of the semester and all planned reading days and holidays will remain as scheduled. However, your instructors must still ensure that learning objectives and outcomes are met, and they will determine how to deliver the content missed this week.
  • No assignments shall be due nor exams administered before 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25. Later dates are acceptable. This directive applies to all graded activities or exams assigned or scheduled or due Monday, Feb. 15 through Wednesday, Feb. 24. 
  • Common exams will be rescheduled. Instructors will notify you of new dates. In order to accommodate delayed scheduled exams, the university will waive section 8.3 in Student Rule 8 to allow regular exams (not final exams) to be administered during the last week of classes. 
  • Instructors shall have revised syllabi posted 48 hours prior to any graded activities or exams, but posted no later than 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25.
  • The midterm grading period has been extended by one week for all locations except Qatar. 
  • The Q-drop and withdrawal deadlines have been extended to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 30. For Qatar students, the deadline is extended to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 26.

Don’t forget that we remain in a pandemic. Please continue to wear face coverings, wash your hands, stay physically distanced, get tested, and stay home if you are sick. 

This can be an overwhelming time. It’s important that you take care of yourselves, your physical health, and your mental health. Please let us know how we can support you.


Mark H. Weichold
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President