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Academic Policies in Response to COVID-19

Academic Policies across campus are being amended in response to COVID-19. Please check in often for the most up-to-date information.

Course Delivery Alternative Modes for Winter Intersession 2020/2021, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Senate Council acted on behalf of the University Senate to approve the use of alternative delivery modes for courses offered in Winter Intersession 2020/2021, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 as needed to protect the health of students, staff, and faculty. Instructors should work within their units to determine the most suitable modality for course delivery based on health, safety and pedagogical concerns, but units should not seek Senate approval for the use of such modalities on this temporary basis.


Winter Intersession 2020/2021 and Spring 2021 Academic Calendar

Several modifications to the academic calendar have been made in response to the COVID-19 situation. The Winter Intersession 2020/2021 calendar is available here and the Spring 2021 calendar is available here.

The calendar features a Reading Day. The current Dead Week restrictions on certain instructional activities would continue to apply to Reading Days. An additional restriction would apply to Reading Days, namely no required class meetings or, more generally, no “required interactions” (SR Reading Days are not academic holidays.


Recommended Syllabus Statements

Senate resources about syllabi click here.

Mask and Social Distancing Policy click here.

Classroom Recordings click here.


Excused Absences

Academic policies regarding excused absences can be found in the Senate Rules under "Excused Absences". The Senate Council has interpreted excused absences for Winter Intersession 2020/2021, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 semesters to include an excuse from required in-person interactions if the student has been directed to self-quarantine by the University (including its app), a medical professional, public health professional, or government official.