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FAQ: Academics and Learning

Academic plans and schedules for Spring 2021 and beyond

Updated March 23, 2021

Academics, schedules, and more

New 3/23 AS&E is planning for an in-person 2021-22 academic year beginning with the fall semester. Read the full announcement.

Information for other academic units will be shared as it becomes available.

Research labs on campus are up and running. We have also been able to offer robust virtual opportunities and will continue to do so. Students are encouraged to check in with the Undergraduate Research Office for updates.

Students may request a room to attend courses online when unable to return to their room or apartment between courses. Students may also reserve rooms for private appointments, such as CARE meetings, conduct or academic honesty meetings, job interviews, telehealth or teletherapy, Title IX meetings, and advisor meetings. Students can review the rules for room usage and submit a request on the Events and Classroom Management Classroom Support webpage.

Additional space on River Campus is available to students for group or individual study on evenings. These rooms do not need to be reserved and are first come, first serve. Students need to swipe their ID cards individually to enter, abide by the occupancy rules for each room, and wear a mask or face covering. These designated spaces are marked in Douglass Commons, Genesee, Gavett, Goergen, Harkness, Hylan, Meliora, Rettner and LeChase halls, and are available from 6 p.m.-11 p.m., every day.

If you don’t find the answer to your question here, Katie Mott ( in the Office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs is ready to respond to you.

The University’s Office for Online Learning has created a website, Learning During Times of Disruption, with multiple resources for students addressing many of the logistics of online learning. The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) has created the Study Skills Guide to Mastering Remote Learning which, although geared to undergraduate students, contains useful information for students at all levels in and many disciplines. If you are an undergraduate student, CETL can arrange to provide you with more extensive and personalized assistance when you email

All spring 2021 semester-long undergraduate and graduate study abroad programs have been canceled. However, the University’s Travel Review Subcommittee will review and consider petitions from students or faculty who wish to host or embark upon spring 2021 abroad programs that are shorter in duration and in destinations deemed to be low-risk. See more details.

Updated 3/1 In addition, all summer 2021 Education Abroad programs have been canceled. A decision has not yet been made for fall 2021 Education Abroad programs. See the full update.

If you have questions, please contact the Center for Education Abroad at (585) 275-7532.

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