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Our COVID-19 Response
WSU Together:

Teaching & Learning

We will provide a high-quality Coug experience for our students while following current recommendations for protecting the health and safety of our community.

What you need to know now

The Spring 2021 semester will look much the same as the Fall 2020 semester, with the majority of classes being taught at a distance. An exemption process will ensure that classes requiring an in-person component are done safely.

Read the full message about Spring 2021 from President Kirk Schulz and Provost and Executive Vice President Elizabeth Chilton.

  • Spring semester systemwide now will begin January 19, which is about a week later than originally planned.
  • The method of delivering spring semester courses will be very similar to this fall. The majority of classes will be taught virtually. Those courses requiring an in‑person component will be offered with the most up‑to‑date protocols to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
  • In an effort to reduce nonessential travel, the University will replace the traditional spring break that occurs in March with a series of weekday academic breaks scheduled throughout the semester. These breaks will be on February 25, March 17, and April 13. A class holiday will also take place on Presidents’ Day, February 15.
  • WSU Faculty Senate passed a new temporary grading policy called No Record Covid (NRC) that may be applied retroactively fall 2020 and spring 2021, after grades post.

This website is not intended to be all-encompassing and should not be considered to be providing medical or legal advice. In all instances, you should consult with a relevant expert for guidance specific to your circumstances.