We will eliminate Fall Break and move to fully remote instruction for the two remaining weeks in the semester after Thanksgiving. This will reduce the amount of travel to and from campuses, which reduces the potential spread of the virus.
Other fall 2020 academic calendar changes are under study. If at any time during the semester the pandemic worsens, we will be prepared to move all instruction to remote learning.
- Aug. 27-Dec. 20: Fall semester classes in session.
- In-person and remote instruction through Friday, Nov. 20.
- Fall Break will be eliminated.
- No classes will be held Monday, Nov. 23, through Friday, Nov. 27.
- Classes will resume on Monday, Nov. 30, and will be held via remote instruction only.
- Final exams will take place Dec. 14-20.
- The change to fully remote classes after Thanksgiving will occur at all campuses.
- All university offices are closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, and the Friday after, Nov. 27.
Holiday break travel: questions and answers
Those traveling out of state for Thanksgiving break need to be aware that when you get to your holiday destination, health officials there might require you to quarantine for 14 days upon your arrival, depending on whether Ohio, at that time, is considered a high-risk state, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Conversely, those returning to campus after Thanksgiving break need to be aware that if they are returning from a high-risk state, they will be expected to quarantine for 14 days upon their return to Ohio. Currently, the states in that group include South Dakota, Idaho, Wisconsin, Iowa, Alabama, Nebraska, Kansas, Nevada and Utah. Weekly updates on travel advisories for returning to Ohio can be found at the Ohio Department of Health.
Anyone traveling out of state should notify the COVID Response Team at 330-672-2525 upon their return to campus.
For travel within Ohio, you will need to monitor the COVID-19 risk level for the county where you are heading. Currently, Portage County is one of 38 Ohio counties at Red Level 3, however, it is possible that you could be going to a county that is at Purple Level 4, where it is advised that people stay home and only conduct necessary travel. Anyone traveling to a Purple Level 4 county is asked to use the utmost caution in their activities, wear a face covering at all times and do not attend gatherings.
- Spring break for spring 2021 has been moved from March 29-April 4, 2021, to April 12-18, 2021.
- After spring break, classes will continue remotely through the last day of instruction on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, and through final examinations, May 6-12, 2021.
- On May 4, there will be no classes between 12-2 p.m., a university tradition to remember May 4, 1970.
- Registration for spring semester will begin on Oct. 26, 2020, for graduate students and Oct. 27, 2020, for undergraduate students.