Spring 2021 Expectations
What is the Spring 2021 calendar?
The calendar that the faculty approved does not include a Spring Break and instead sets aside a couple of midweek days off during the semester. Classes will end on May 12 and final exams will conclude May 17. Discussions have begun about plans for Commencement and more details will be shared next semester.
What will the spring semester look like?
We expect that next semester will be very similar to the fall as it relates to use of face coverings, social distancing, hand washing and other expectations linked to the Camels Care Pledge and College alert levels. Just as we did this fall, we will begin the semester in Alert Level 3 - Orange during the onboarding process and continually evaluate the COVID-19 circumstances on and off campus to hopefully move to Alert Level 2 - Yellow and then to Alert Level 1 - Green.
What is the housing process for the spring?
If you are currently living on campus, you can continue to live in your current room assignment next semester. If you are remote and plan to return to campus, there will be a process to assign housing for next semester. The data from a student survey distributed in mid-November will help us develop plans for spring semester housing. If you have any questions about housing, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What activities will be available?
We plan to offer a mix of in-person and remote classes, clubs and organizations will be active with a mix of virtual and in-person engagement and events and activities will be similar to those offered throughout the fall semester (e.g. food trucks, movies, music on the green). College staff are regularly evaluating ways to expand engagement opportunities for students while following State of Connecticut and College policies and expectations. We do not anticipate hosting Florialia this spring but, together with students, we will identify alternative ways to close out the semester.
What will winter and spring athletics look like?
Winter athletes will return to campus at the same time as the general student body (Feb. 4 and 5). The College is planning for on-campus training and is working on identifying opportunities for competition, which will be dependent on COVID-19 levels on and off campus, as well as the State of Connecticut’s guidance and regulations. The NESCAC has approved an extension of the winter season through May 2021 so that winter and spring seasons are operating concurrently and we are waiting to hear if the NCAA approves this plan. More details on winter athletics will be communicated in January 2021.
The NESCAC athletic directors are discussing potential plans for spring sports, and the NESCAC presidents will be meeting in the coming weeks to discuss this topic. On-campus training is planned and competition is being considered, but is also highly dependent on COVID-19 levels on and off campus as well as the State of Connecticut’s guidance and regulations. A decision date regarding spring NESCAC conference competition has not been announced.
Will the Study Away Program be available next spring?
Due to the rapidly changing global situation surrounding COVID-19, the College has canceled the Study Away program for spring 2021.