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Spring 2021 Plans

This page contains updates about what you can expect during the spring 2021 term with regard to the academic calendar, shelter-in-place protocol, classroom delivery methods, refund period extension, and extending financial aid. 


Academic Calendar*

Please mark your calendars for these important dates:

  • Classes begin: January 6, 2021
  • Introductory instructional period: January 6 - 8 (no class meeting times, syllabi review, acclimation to learning management system independently by students)
  • Virtual class delivery: January 11 – 17
  • Add/drop period ends: January 15
  • MLK Holiday (no classes): January 18
  • In-person instruction begins: January 19
  • In place of a traditional spring break, there will be one day off each month and classes will end on April 23. These academic respite days are February 11 (R), March 2 (T), April 2 (F)
  • Classes end: April 23, 2021

Some graduate programs may have differing in-person instruction schedules and requirements; students will be notified by the specific academic department. 

Shelter in Place

We will be requiring all students—including students living off campus—to shelter in place prior to or upon arrival at Chatham. Students will only be permitted to attend classes in person once their 14-day shelter-in-place period is complete. As a result, some students may need to make appropriate arrangements with their faculty after in-person classes have begun. 

For students residing outside the University housing system, sheltering in place will occur for 14 days across any combination of off-campus accommodations. For example, if a student begins to shelter in place at home on December 28 before moving to off-campus housing on January 4 and then continues to shelter in place, this student can attend in-person classes starting January 11. For students residing on campus, residence halls will open with a phased move-in schedule beginning on January 4. 

Classroom Delivery

Courses will be delivered in three primary formats: classroom, virtual, and online (as was done in the fall term). 

Faculty, instructors and students should be prepared to move between in-person and virtual modes of instruction, as opportunities for in-class meetings, physical distancing recommendations, and public health concerns can change at any time. 

Using this model, faculty are encouraged to flexibly leverage face-to-face class meetings with opportunities for video conferencing technology, synchronous online activities, and asynchronous online content as appropriate to the size of their class, availability of suitable classroom space, content, and course structure (e.g., lecture-based, discussion, recitation, project-based, lab, studio). Faculty should also consider their students’ location and access to on-campus class session to determine the appropriate balance of in-class, blended, synchronous, and asynchronous activities.

Refund Period Extension and Financial Aid

Due to the disruption of COVID-19 on the academic year, we are again extending our refund period for withdrawal from the University, housing, and meal plans, as well as offering a guaranteed ninth semester of financial aid to all full-time undergraduates enrolled this academic year.  Learn more

Information for International Students

Quarantine information for international students returning in Spring 2021 has been added here.