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Academics & Calendar

This page contains updates about what you can expect during the spring 2021 term with regard to the academic calendar, classroom delivery methods, refund period extension, and extending financial aid. 


Academic Calendar

Please mark your calendars for these important dates: 

Dates Details 
January 6 Start of term
January 6-8 Introductory instructional period: (no class meeting times, syllabi review, acclimation to learning management system independently by students)
January 11-22 Virtual class delivery
January 15 Add-drop period ends
January 18 MLK Holiday (no classes)
January 25 In-person classes start*
February 11 Academic respite day, no classes
March 2 Academic respite day, no classes
April 2 Academic respite day, no classes
April 23 Classes end

*Some graduate Health Sciences program and Pathways-to-Nursing in-person classes will start earlier (January 6 and 11), and students will be notified by their respective programs.

Classroom Delivery

Courses will be delivered in three primary formats: classroom, virtual, and online (as was done in the fall term). 

Faculty, instructors and students should be prepared to move between in-person and virtual modes of instruction, as opportunities for in-class meetings, physical distancing recommendations, and public health concerns can change at any time. 

Using this model, faculty are encouraged to flexibly leverage face-to-face class meetings with opportunities for video conferencing technology, synchronous online activities, and asynchronous online content as appropriate to the size of their class, availability of suitable classroom space, content, and course structure (e.g., lecture-based, discussion, recitation, project-based, lab, studio). Faculty should also consider their students’ location and access to on-campus class session to determine the appropriate balance of in-class, blended, synchronous, and asynchronous activities.

Refund Period Extension and Financial Aid

Due to the disruption of COVID-19 on the academic year, we are again extending our refund period for withdrawal from the University, housing, and meal plans, as well as offering a guaranteed ninth semester of financial aid to all full-time undergraduates enrolled this academic year.  Learn more

Absences Due to Illness, Isolation or Quarantine

Students will remain responsible for notifying faculty of illness whether a transitory ailment or COVID-related symptoms.

Any student who becomes ill with COVID or COVID-related symptoms, or needs to isolate or quarantine during the term due to exposure to COVID-19, will notify Health Services and work with the Office of Academic & Accessibility Resources (OAAR) who will coordinate with faculty members and others to develop a reasonable and individualized plan to meet their needs. Options for students unable to complete their courses will be discussed on an individual basis as there are many factors that impact these options for each student.

As is Chatham’s standard protocol, students should address concerns first with the faculty member; if concerns are not resolved, the department chair or program director should be contacted.

Information for International Students

Students arriving from an international destination, including Canada and Mexico, should plan to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival in the United States. This includes new students and returning students who traveled during winter break.

Students should arrive in the United States no later than January 5th to complete quarantine prior to in-person classes starting on January 19th. Graduate students whose programs begin in-person instruction earlier should check with their program and make appropriate travel arrangements.

Students living on-campus should contact the Office of International Affairs and the Residence Life office with questions regarding international travel and arrival.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to travel restrictions, border closings, and quarantines. Please check the US State Department travel advisories, as well as local information for your destination, and plan accordingly.

This policy may be subject to change based on updated health guidelines and the recommendations of the CDC and PA Department of Health.

Study Abroad

Due to continued travel restrictions in field experience locations, Chatham Field Experiences for both spring and summer 2021 have been cancelled.

Consistent with current Chatham study abroad approval policies, Chatham will approve individual students to participate in mobility-based study abroad for summer and upcoming terms in locations that have a U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory of Level 1 (Exercise Normal Precautions) or Level 2 (Exercise Increased Precautions) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) COVID19 Travel Health Notice of Level 1 (Low) or Level 2 (Moderate). Virtual study and internship opportunities are available for many locations that do not meet these health and safety levels. Students must submit Chatham’s study abroad application for consideration of any credit-bearing international experience and should contact the Office of International Affairs, internationalaffairs@chatham.edu, with any questions.