2020-2021 Academic Year
Visit the OWU Events Calendar for the latest list of lectures, performances, athletics events, and other public events. Dates of all events listed on the academic and events calendars are subject to change.
|Thursday, August 20, 2020||Classes Begin
First Module Begins
|Thursday, August 27, 2020||Last Day to Add/Drop Full-Semester Courses
Last Day to Add/Drop First-Module Courses
Last Day to Select Credit/No Entry for Full-Semester Courses
|Wednesday, September 16, 2020||Bishop Break – No Classes|
|Thursday, September 17, 2020||Last Day to Withdraw from First-Module Courses|
|Friday, October 9, 2020||First-Module Ends|
|Monday, October 12, 2020||Second-Module Begins|
|Wednesday, October 14, 2020||Bishop Break – No Classes
Mid-Semester Estimates Due
|Tuesday, October 20, 2020||Last Day to Add/Drop Second-Module Courses
Last Day to Select Credit/No-Entry for Second-Module Courses
|Friday, October 23, 2020||Last Day to Withdraw from Full-Semester Courses|
|Thursday-Friday, October 29-30, 2020||Senior Registration for Spring|
|Tuesday, November 3, 2020||Bishop Break – No Classes|
|Wednesday-Thursday, November 4-5, 2020||Junior Registration for Spring|
|Monday-Tuesday, November 9-10, 2020||Sophomore Registration for Spring|
|Tuesday, November 10, 2020||Last Day to Withdraw from Second-Module Courses|
|Thursday-Friday, November 12-13, 2020||Freshman Registration for Spring|
|Friday, November 20, 2020||Last Day to Petition to Withdraw from Courses|
|Wednesday-Sunday, November 25-29, 2020||Thanksgiving Break|
|Monday-Friday, November 30 - December 4, 2020||Remote Classes|
|Friday, December 4, 2020||Last Day of Classes|
|Monday, December 7, 2020||Reading Day|
|Tuesday-Friday, December 8-11, 2020||Remote Final Exams|
|Friday, December 11, 2020||Second Module Ends|
|Friday, December 11, 2020||Term Ends at 11:59 PM EST|
|Tuesday, December 22, 2020||Grades due at 4:30 PM|
|Wednesday, January 13, 2021||Classes Begin|
|Thursday, January 21, 2021||Last Day to Add/Drop Full-Semester and First-Module Courses|
|Thursday, February 11, 2021||Last Day to Withdraw from First-Module Courses|
|Wednesday, March 3, 2021||Second Module Begins|
|Friday, March 5, 2021||Midterm Estimates Due|
|Saturday-Sunday, March 6-14, 2021||Spring Break|
|Thursday, March 18, 2021||Last Day to Add/Drop Second-Module Courses|
|Tuesday, March 30, 2021||Last Day to Withdraw from Full-Semester Courses|
|Thursday, April 8, 2021||Last Day to Withdraw from Second-Module Courses|
|Friday, April 23, 2021||Last Day to Petition|
|Tuesday, April 27, 2021||Last Day of Classes|
|Wednesday, April 28, 2021||Reading Day|
|Thursday-Friday, April 29-30, 2021||Final Examinations|
|Saturday, May 1, 2021||Final Examinations (a.m.)|
|Saturday, May 1, 2021||Reading Day (p.m.)|
|Sunday, May 2, 2021||Reading Day|
|Monday-Tuesday, May 3-4, 2021||Final Examinations|
|Tuesday, May 4, 2021||Term Ends at 5 p.m.|
|Wednesday, May 5, 2021||Senior Grades Due at 5 p.m.|
|Saturday, May 8, 2021||Commencement|
|Monday, May 10, 2021||Remaining Grades Due at 4:30 p.m.|
|2021 Summer Session|
|Details available soon.|
The Safe Campus Opening Task Force developed the calendar in consultation with the Academic Policy Committee. The calendar was then approved by the Executive Committee, which is empowered by the Faculty Handbook to act on behalf of the faculty when OWU is not in session.
The calendar has been designed to limit travel, maximize classroom learning, and keep everyone safe. Here are some of the details to help you plan:
- The semester will begin August 20, five days earlier than originally scheduled.
- Fall break has been eliminated, and the break days have been distributed throughout the semester, one about every four weeks.
- We will have classes the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week.
- After going home for Thanksgiving, students will not return to campus. Instead, all classes and exams after Thanksgiving will be delivered remotely. Students who must be on campus after Thanksgiving will be able to do so at no additional cost, but they must remain on campus throughout the Thanksgiving break.
- The class and exam time after Thanksgiving has been shortened from three weeks to two: one week of classes followed by one week of exams.
We believe this academic calendar provides us the framework to establish a safer campus and limit exposure to the coronavirus.