Spring Semester

For spring semester 2021, Case Western Reserve University will offer classes through a mix of modalities: in person and remote, both synchronous and asynchronous.

The start of the semester is delayed by two weeks and the traditional spring break has been removed, though students will have a day off in each of two separate weeks: March 16 and 24.

The spring semester calendar is:

  • Friday, Jan. 8-Jan. 29: January Term (Remote)
  • Monday, Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (University Holiday)
  • Monday, Feb. 1: First Day of Spring Semester Classes
  • Tuesday, March 16: No Classes
  • Wednesday, March 24: No Classes
  • Friday, May 7: Last Day of Spring Semester Classes
  • Monday, May 10, and Friday, May 14: Reading Days
  • Tuesday, May 11: Final Exams Begin
  • Wednesday, May 19: Final Exams End
  • Sunday, May 30: Commencement

Faculty Guidance

The deans (and the department chairs, if applicable) are responsible for executing the academic plans being developed at their respective schools/college. For the case of a faculty member unable to perform on-campus teaching, the schools or College will attempt to assign that faculty member to courses which can be taught remotely. However, when a faculty member's campus presence is required for courses to be taught using in-person or blended modalities, and CWRU determines that it is safe for such classes to be held, faculty assigned to those courses are expected to be on campus to perform those teaching responsibilities.

In the event a faculty member anticipates being unable to perform their on-campus teaching duties because of a COVID-19 related issue that does not otherwise qualify for a leave or accommodation under the Faculty Handbook or other related university policy, the department chairs and deans are authorized to make substitutions to the degree consistent with curricular goals and the resources available, after consultation with the faculty member. The range of options for this substitution includes the faculty member's accepting a temporary reduction in compensation in exchange for a temporary reduction in teaching responsibilities, thus allowing for the hiring of additional instructional support. How this is operationalized at the College- and school-level is left to the discretion of the dean.

Regarding student mentoring, an in-person presence may be needed to adequately support the student. In those instances, the faculty member should endeavor to provide the needed support in person so long as it can be done in a safe manner.

Find more information on the provost's website.

Students in Distant Time Zones

During the Spring 2021 semester, faculty may not require students to take any graded assessments outside of the hours from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the time zones where they live. Instead, they should work with students to identify alternate approaches—in terms of timing and/or nature of the assessment—to accommodate remote students in such circumstances.

At the same time, students in distant time zones who want to take synchronous remote courses should recognize that they are responsible for meeting faculty expectations for attendance and participation in class meetings at their scheduled times—unless they secure the instructor’s advance written approval of alternate arrangements for class meetings.

Undergraduates who cannot identify a sufficient number of spring semester courses offered at times when they can regularly participate should consult their advisor or the academic representative for their major about possible course substitutions that will allow necessary progress toward a degree. Graduate and professional students should consult their academic advisors, departments, or school deans for similar advice. 

Faculty teaching undergraduates who may have questions about this testing time accommodation should contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies (216.368.2928 or, their departments, or their schools’ deans. Faculty teaching graduate or professional students should contact their departments or school deans.