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Academic Calendar

WVU Potomac State College 2020-2021 Academic Calendar 


Wednesday, August 19 - On Campus First Day of Classes 

Tuesday, August 25 - Last day to Register, Add New Courses, Make Section Changes, Change Pass/Fail and Audit

Monday, September 7 - Labor Day Recess: University Closed 

Friday, October 2 by noon - Mid-Check Grades Due 

Tuesday, November 3 - General Election Day: University Closed 

Wednesday, November 4 - Pre-Registration for Spring/Summer 2021

Tuesday, November 17 - Last Day to Drop a Class and Last Day to Withdraw from the University

Tuesday, November 24 - Last Day Face to Face Instruction

Wednesday, November 25 through  Sunday, November 29 - Fall Recess: Students Return Home until Spring 2021 Semester 

Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 4 - Review/Online Instruction 

Friday, December 4 - Last day of Classes 

Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11- Final Exam Week 

Saturday, December 19 - Winter Recess Begins


Monday, January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Recess: University Closed 

Tuesday, January 19 - On Campus First day of Classes 

Monday, January 25 - Last day to Register, Add New Courses, Make Section Changes, Change Pass/Fail and Audit

Thursday, February 11 - No Classes – Non-Instructional Day

Friday, February 12 - Last Day to Apply for Graduation for Spring 2021

Wednesday, March 3 - No Classes – Non-Instructional Day 

Friday, March 12 by noon - Mid-Check Grades Due

Friday, April 2 - Spring Holiday: University Closed

Friday, April 16 - Last Day to Drop a Class and Last Day to Withdraw from the University

Friday, April 30 - Last day of Classes  

Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 7 - Final Exam Week 

Saturday, May 8 - Commencement

Monday, May 10 - Final Grade Reports for All Students Due

Monday, May 17 - First Summer Sessions Begin


May 17 through August 6 -  Session 1, 12 weeks

May 17 through June 25 -  Session S6A, 6 weeks  

May 17 through July 16 -  Session S9A, 9 weeks                                                                   

Monday, May 31  -  Memorial Day Recess: College Closed 

June 7 through August 6 -  Session S9B, 9 weeks 

June 28 through August 6 -  Session S6B, 6 weeks                                                              

Monday, July 5 -  Independence Day Recess (Observed): College Closed                  

Special Days of Concern

West Virginia University’s diverse student body includes students from a wide variety of faith communities. Religious holidays from different faith traditions occasionally fall on regular class days or scheduled exam days throughout the year.

Faculty are encouraged to respect the religious observances of our students of all faiths and denominations.

When a scheduled class or lab session falls on an observed religious holiday, this may mean excusing students from attending class and accepting make-up work. (Students are responsible for requesting accommodation for their absence in advance and for making up any missed work.)

The  Office of Diversity, Equity and InclusionOffice of Global Affairs, and the  Provost's Officeare available as resources to support Instructors review of religious holiday accommodation requests.

The following website may be helpful in identifying the high holy days of various religions:

Other events that may justify an excused absence include illness of the student, illness of an immediate family member, death of an immediate family member, or extreme weather.

Absences stemming from work duties other than military obligation (e.g., unexpected changes in shift assignments) and traffic/transit problems should not typically qualify for excused absence.

If an instructor chooses to allow excused absences for these other events, the stated attendance

policy for the course should specify the number of days that may be missed and instructions for contacting the instructor for the excused absence.

Instructors may request third party documentation.

West Virginia University's institutional attendance policy may be found in the  WVU Catalog.

Faculty members who have questions or concerns about the academic calendar should send an email to  Shirley Robinson in the Provost's Office.