HU announces changes to spring semester calendar

Huntington University’s leadership and Trustees have announced changes to the spring 2021 academic semester. The dates below reflect the updated academic calendar. The spring semester will begin on Jan. 25, 2021, as originally planned. The rest of the schedule is as follow:

• Reading Day - Feb. 16.

• Reading Day – March 12.

• Easter Break – April 2 through 5.

• Final Day of Classes – April 30. • Finals Week – May 3 through 6.

• Graduation Weekend – First full weekend in May.

“Two Reading Days have been built into the spring schedule for use by students and faculty during the 15 consecutive weeks of classes,” said Luke S. Fetters, EdD, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.

Fetters explained that the addition of the Reading Days will give students and faculty at least one day each month of the semester to rest, catch up on reading and writing, or do some other life-giving activity.

“It is our hope that this will help relieve some of the stress that students and faculty are experiencing during this unusual academic year.”

For spring of 2021, Huntington University – like most comparable universities in the region – is forgoing spring break.

“Our experience this fall has helped us understand that when our students stay on or close to campus, HU experiences lower numbers of COVID positive cases. Taking spring break off the calendar was a decision directed at the well-being of our campus,” said Ron L. Coffey, PhD, vice president for student life at Huntington University.

“The campus leadership wanted to ensure that we could create a calendar that would give us the best chance to successfully complete the spring semester without interruption. Not having our campus community members travel for spring break seemed to make the most sense.”