Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin sent the following email to the campus community today:
I am writing to you today to share some updates regarding the academic calendar for the fall semester and winter term. But before I do so, I want to thank our faculty, staff and students for their work to make this unprecedented semester possible. Due to the efforts of many, we are delivering a high-quality academic, co-curricular and research experience in a hybrid environment. On behalf of the entire University of Maryland administration, I want to acknowledge the good work and achievements of each and every one of you.
The academic calendar for the fall semester will proceed as scheduled, including Thanksgiving recess on Nov. 25-29. We recognize that some students will want to travel home for Thanksgiving. With that in mind, I want to lay out the following options for students regarding plans for the break and the remainder of the fall semester:
Registration information for the week of Nov. 30 testing and additional guidance for students will be shared within the next few weeks. Information specific to residential students will be sent out soon. No matter which option students choose, we expect everyone to consistently adhere to healthy behaviors. We urge you to limit contact with others as much as possible and maintain the commitment to practicing our 4 Maryland guidelines on campus and while you are away.
As announced earlier this week by Maryland Athletics, the Homecoming football game will be held on Friday night, Oct. 30. Because there are no fans and no tailgating, the impact on the campus will be minimal. A cross-campus group has developed a series of Homecoming Week activities. You can see the complete schedule at Homecoming.umd.edu.
Due to the ongoing state and county executive orders prohibiting large gatherings, this year’s winter commencement on Sunday, Dec. 20 will be a virtual event. Plans are under way to deliver a campus-wide celebration and individual school/college ceremonies, and details will be shared shortly on commencement.umd.edu.
A significant portion of our winter course catalogue is typically online, and the upcoming winter term (Jan. 4-22, 2021) will be delivered entirely online. We will not be housing students in our residence halls during Winter Term unless there are extenuating circumstances.
The catalogue of classes for the Spring 2021 semester was posted a few weeks ago. Although details for the complete academic calendar have not yet been finalized, the spring semester will be conducted in a hybrid environment, with up to 25% of instruction delivered in-person. Any additional changes to the schedule will be communicated as decisions are made, weighing public health guidance and recommendations.
Again, thank you all for your hard work, resilience and patience as we navigate this unprecedented academic year together.
Mary Ann Rankin
Senior Vice President and Provost
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