TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 5, 2020) – The University of South Florida will adjust its academic calendar for the spring 2021 semester to help mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19.
USF’s spring break, originally scheduled for March 15-21, will be moved to April 12-18. Pushing spring break into April will allow USF to deliver the last two weeks of instruction and final exams remotely. Because many students and faculty typically travel over spring break, transitioning to all remote delivery for the last few weeks of the semester is intended to reduce the number of individuals who return to a USF campus and lower the likelihood of exposing others to COVID-19.
USF previously announced a similar plan for the fall semester, with classes and final exams delivered remotely after the Thanksgiving break.
“The University of South Florida continues to prioritize the health and well-being of our university community as we develop plans for the spring semester,” USF President Steve Currall said. “We remain committed to making evidence-based decisions that support academic continuity and a safe environment for student and faculty success.”
The change to USF’s calendar does not affect the start and end dates of USF’s spring semester, which will still begin on Jan. 11, 2021, and end on May 6.
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