Important Information for Spring 2021

To: Departmental Executive Officers
From: Cornelia Lang, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Christine Getz, Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Outreach and Engagement
RE: Important Information for Spring 2021

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The University has recently announced new information related to Spring 2021. Thank you for reading this carefully and for sending us your questions.

1. If a TAWA request will affect the Spring 2021 course schedule, a department or other unit should notify Room Scheduling by 4:30 on Thursday, October 29, if at all feasible. Updates received by then will be processed prior to the publication of the MyUI course schedule, minimizing confusion for students and their advisors. Please send TAWA-related scheduling adjustments as soon as possible to

2. The academic calendar has been slightly modified for Spring 2021. As you know, the Spring 2021 semester begins on Monday, January 25, with Spring Break canceled because of health and safety concerns. Instead, two “instructional breaks” have been added to the semester as follows:

             -Tuesday, March 2, 2021
             -Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The intent of these breaks is to help students and instructors by providing a small change of pace as spring arrives. Be sure to add these instructional breaks to your spring syllabi since classes will not be held on these dates.

3. Finally, no Spring 2021 in-person youth programming will be offered because of health and safety concerns for those involved. This cancellation applies to any youth program scheduled between January 1 through May 14, 2021. Youth programming includes, for example, academic programs, research, sports camps, wildlife camps, and other youth experiences. Those wishing to offer a program virtually must follow the guidelines in Online Youth Programs Manual as well as specific requirements regarding virtual programming. A link to the manual and to the required program registration may be found here: To request an exception, please contact the Office of the Provost at

Thank you for your time; we appreciate your patience and goodwill in this period of rapid change.