West Lafayette, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University announced Tuesday that the University will offer a full online option for the 2021 spring semester and 2021 spring break has been removed from the academic calendar. The changes come as Purdue continues precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a released statement, classes will also start later than usual, on January 19. To account for this later start, the spring break period has been removed. In place of the break, three "reading days" have been added throughout the semester. These days are "to give faculty and students a brief respite from instruction to permit them to focus on their preparation and check their understanding of materials."
The university will offer an online option again for those students who are unable to come to campus o who choose to out of health and safety concerns.
There is no change to the fiscal-year or academic year employee pay and faculty who wish to take time off must use vacation days.
Purdue plans to address University travel, study abroad, campus visits, and events by Nov. 2.
Currently, there are no changes currently planned for the Summer 2021 semester.
Spring 2021 Alternative Academic Calendar
- January 11 – Academic Year Faculty/Staff First Day
- January 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
- January 19 (Tuesday) – Classes Begin
- February 18 (Thursday) – Reading Day
- March 16 (Tuesday) – Reading Day
- April 14 (Wednesday) – Reading Day
- May 1 – Classes End
- May 3-8 – Final Exams
- May 11 – Grades Due
- May 14-16 – Commencement
- May 16 – Academic Year Faculty/Staff Last Day