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Spring 2021 Academic Calendar Released

Purdue University released Tuesday (Sept. 8) a modified academic calendar for the Spring 2021 semester and announced that a fully online option will again be offered for students who cannot or choose not to come to campus for the Spring 2021 semester.

Instruction will begin Tuesday, Jan. 19, after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. To allow for this later start and to minimize mass travel to and from campus during the semester, the customary spring break period has been eliminated. 

In its place, and at the suggestion of the University Senate Educational Policy Committee, three reading days have been added throughout the semester to give faculty and students a brief respite from instruction to permit them to focus on their preparation and check their understanding of materials. These are not University holidays. Campus will remain open and students are expected to remain on campus. However, no classes (undergraduate, graduate, professional) will be in session.

The spring semester is planned as a residential semester similar to the current fall semester, with a focus on campus de-densification and offering hybrid/HyFlex courses. However, to accommodate any student who cannot come to campus because of travel restrictions or who chooses not to out of personal health and safety concerns, a fully online option will again be offered. Details on when and how students can opt into the Spring 2021 online option will be shared soon.  

There are no changes currently planned to the Summer 2021 academic calendar. An alternative academic calendar is in place for the Fall 2020 semester, ending residential instruction Nov. 24 and completing the remainder of the term remotely. 

Spring 2021 Alternative Academic Calendar

  • January 11 – Academic Year Faculty/Staff First Day
  • January 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
  • January 19 (Tuesday) – Classes Begin
  • February 18 (Thursday) – Reading Day
  • March 16 (Tuesday) – Reading Day
  • April 14 (Wednesday) – Reading Day
  • May 1 – Classes End
  • May 3-8 – Final Exams
  • May 11 – Grades Due
  • May 14-16 – Commencement
  • May 16 – Academic Year Faculty/Staff Last Day

See the full release from the Provost’s Office Here

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Pursuing Racial Justice Together


And with life or death matters of racial justice, we know we have work to do. We know the work is complicated. Heavy. Uncomfortable.

Let’s do it anyway.

The demand for action and accountability has never been stronger. Black lives — and all those who receive less than the justice and equity that each human deserves — are depending on it.

So now it’s time to educate ourselves and examine our own beliefs and behaviors. It’s time to hear each other and be heard.

It’s time to pursue racial justice. Together.

Through this series of distinguished guests, we’ll tackle the hard questions and identify the work that comes with it. We will seek to raise the consciousness of issues related to race, racism and systemic inequities, presenting our campus community with real actions each of us can take in the fight for racial equality and justice.

This series isn’t for checking action boxes until the next hashtag trends. This time, we have a bigger goal: we want to listen to those who have identified best steps toward true change, and then take them.

Join these virtual learning sessions, engage in the discussion, read the associated books and journey with us on this path together.

More speakers will be announced during the year. Watch for updates here and on social media.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump to speak at Thursday (Sept. 10) event:
Those interested may visit the program’s website and register for virtual tickets and admission instructions. Deadline for registration is 3 p.m. the day of the event.