Guidelines for Setting the Academic Calendar

Length of Semesters

The current semester configuration shall be two fifteen-week semesters, including a four-day reading period (normally Thursday through Sunday); with an additional five-day period (Monday through Friday) for final examinations.

Summer Session shall include three terms: Terms I and II (6 weeks each) and Term A (8 weeks).

Beginning and Ending of Semesters

Fall

The Fall Semester will end no later than December 20, requiring a semester beginning date which will accommodate the prescribed length of the term.

The Fall Semester will begin on a Monday, unless that Monday is Labor Day, in which case the semester will begin the following day.

Spring

The Spring Semester will begin on the birthday observance for Martin Luther King Jr. Classes will begin on the Tuesday following the birthday observance for Martin Luther King Jr.

The Spring Semester will end on a date which will accommodate the prescribed length of the term.

Summer

Term I shall begin on the Monday following the last day of finals in Spring semester for a duration of six weeks.

Term II shall begin on the Monday following the end of Term I and shall end six weeks later on a Friday.

Term A shall begin on the Monday five weeks after the start of Term I and shall end eight weeks later on a Friday.

Semester Breaks

A two-day Fall Semester break will be set on the Monday and Tuesday of the eighth week of classes.

A one-week Spring Semester break will be set after the eighth week of classes (mid-term).

Grade Due Dates

Fall Semester mid-term grades shall be due at noon on the Wednesday following mid-term.

Fall Semester final grades shall be due at noon on the Monday immediately following the second Friday after the end of final examinations or at noon on January 2, whichever is later.  If January 2 is an official university holiday, then grades will be due at noon on the next business day.

Spring Semester mid-term grades shall be due at noon on the Monday following spring break.

Spring Semester final grades shall be due at noon on the second Wednesday following final examinations.

Summer Session final grades shall be due at noon on the sixth working day following the end of each summer term.

Holidays

The following will be observed as academic holidays:

  1. Labor Day
  2. Thanksgiving and the Friday following Thanksgiving. There are no classes on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to permit travel.
  3. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday holiday
  4. Memorial Day (official observance)
  5. Independence Day or the weekday of the staff bonus day, (July 3 or 5) whichever is applicable

Confirmation Deadline

The postmark dates for confirmation deadlines will always be August 5 and January 5.