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2020-21 Academic Calendar & Break Information

The 2020-2021 academic year at St. Lawrence is structured differently from years past. Unprecedented times call for creative and carefully considered solutions. Our reimagined academic calendar is a result of months of planning while working with Laurentians across our entire campus community. It aims to be as equitable and inclusive as possible and was formed with our mission in mind. We remain committed to providing an inspiring liberal arts education to every student who comes to us with purpose and promise.

In order to provide for a safe educational environment, St. Lawrence shifted to three full semesters and students will enroll in two of the three semesters. The University will limit students in residence to no more than 1,800 students for the fall and spring semesters. We anticipate 700-800 students enrolled in the summer, many on campus and as many enrolled in off-campus programs as safety allows.  
Semester II (Spring Semester)
Semester III (Summer Semester)

Semester I (Fall 2020 Semester)

Semester II

Spring Move-in Dates 

Students were assigned a day and specific time between January 8-10 to stagger arrivals and facilitate testing. Students were not allowed on campus before their move-in appointment. Students were accompanied by one family member for move-in but that person could not enter the residence halls. We urged students to pack very lightly for the semester and bring only essential items and clothing they can carry to their room on their own without assistance.

Spring Academic Schedule

  • Classes begin remotely on Monday, January 4
  • Last day of finals April 16
    • Mid-semester and spring breaks are cancelled.
    • International students in residence for Semesters II and III will be permitted to stay on campus between the two semesters. Our plan is to offer the same option for domestic students who have financial need and are from the West Coast or other faraway states. Residence Life will have a petition process in place prior to the end of the spring semester for students to request this housing accommodation.

Spring Enrollment Details

Monday, November 16, was the deadline by which students could change their minds and enroll remotely, paying only tuition. If students who requested and were approved to be on campus and decide after November 16 to enroll as remote students, the University will assess a $1,500 cancellation charge. The University understands that many students wish to be on campus who will not be able to be offered this opportunity. The fee is intended to assure those who are approved to be on campus actually do come, so other students are not inadvertently denied the opportunity to live and study on campus. 

Plan for the Spring Semester

The University will begin the Spring semester in “Phase 0,” which requires three-day quarantine in their rooms, with meal delivery to campus residences.  They then will be tested a second time on Day 4 and remain in quarantine until negative results have been received. Follow-up testing will occur January 7, 11, 12, 13, and 20, by appointment. Classes will begin remotely on Monday, January 4.

The University will announce Phase 1 after all arrival testing is completed.  Phase 1 rules include limiting interactions limited to the extended family unit, travel allowed only in St. Lawrence County, and all health practices in place, such as mandatory wearing of masks indoors and outdoors when in the presence of another person or the possibility of being in the presence of another person, social distancing, and groups no larger than 10 allowed without special permission and then only as large as the state permits at the time. All Laurentian Pact regulations will apply and penalties for violations can include removal from campus for remote-only learning. 

Students should expect a mandatory testing clinic for all on January 18-21, and then randomized testing throughout the Spring semester, with an expectation of being tested at least every two weeks.

Residence Assignments

Residence hall assignments were made in December.

Semester III

Block 1:

  • Classes begin May 3
  • Last day of finals June 4

Block 2:

  • Classes begin June 7
  • Last day of finals July 9
    • Students will also be able to register for experiences that last through August 13th, though these would not require that they be in residence and will be optional. 

Summer offerings will include a variety of programming and, if safety allows, will include on-campus courses with two week travel components (2 Units) in Australia, Belgium, Ghana, Ireland, Israel, London, Nepal, Kenya, and Switzerland; a summer semester in Kenya including an internships course; and a summer semester in New York City. Learn more about the Summer Semester. 

Note: Because Summer Semester students will be in residence less time compared to fall and spring semester students, fees for the Summer 2021 semester will be prorated. The comprehensive fee will be $34,357, consisting of tuition ($29,165), room ($2,720), board ($2,330), student activity fee ($137), and class dues ($5).

From Fall 2020:

Semester I

Fall Academic Schedule

  • Classes begin August 26
  • Last day of finals December 11
    • Mid-semester break is cancelled.
    • Thanksgiving break will be three days (November 25-27).
      • Students who choose to leave for Thanksgiving break will complete the remainder of the semester, including finals, at home. 
    • Students who are on campus may stay on through Thanksgiving break and the end of the regular semester if they wish, with on-campus housing and support services continuing, but all coursework after Thanksgiving, along with final exams, will be conducted remotely to accommodate those who wish to depart at Thanksgiving. 
    • Students who choose to remain through December 11 will be provided food and supervision during a week we normally do not offer these services.
    • International students in residence for Semesters I and II will be permitted to stay on campus between the two semesters. Our plan is to offer the same option for domestic students who have financial need and are from the West Coast or other faraway states. Residence Life will have a petition process in place prior to the end of the fall semester for students to request this housing accommodation.

Winter Break

Students who register to stay on campus for Thanksgiving Break will be eligible to apply to stay on campus during Winter Break. Only students who demonstrate an extreme hardship will be approved to stay; this includes International Students and other student requests that will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. This petition process will be conducted in late October and students will be notified by no later than Friday, November 6 if they are approved to stay on campus during Winter Break. 

As in other years during the Winter Break, Dining Services will close December 12 and reopen January 3. For those who remain on campus between those dates, the University will provide periodic shuttle service to Price Chopper or Wal Mart for grocery goods. Students who petition for Winter Break residency must commit to staying on campus for the duration of the academic break and follow the same guidelines established for the Thanksgiving Break students. The Fitness Center may have limited hours depending on staffing; the libraries will have limited hours.