The University of Kentucky, as part of its commitment to ensure the health and safety of the UK community during COVID-19, recently revised the academic calendar for the Spring 2021 semester. Senate Council vetted this calendar, and the Senate Council Chair approved it on their behalf.
This revised calendar does not include a spring break for the 2021 spring semester.
- Monday, January 25: First day of classes
- Friday, March 26: Academic holiday
- Wednesday, May 5: Last day of classes
- Monday, May 10 – Thursday, May 13: Final examinations
- Friday, May 14: End of spring semester
Similar to the adjustments made to the fall semester that involved the elimination of fall break, UK officials said the decision to remove spring break from the calendar is rooted in health and safety concerns for students and the entire campus community.
The idea is to compress the academic calendar and to encourage students to stay on campus as much as possible, once they arrive at UK for the spring semester. More specifically, the revised calendar creates a condensed semester in which students remain engaged in coursework on campus, rather than potentially traveling to other regions and returning to Lexington, which would increase the risk of spreading COVID-19.
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