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WVU Potomac State College 2020-2021 Academic Calendar
FALL 2020 SEMESTER
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
SPRING 2021 SEMESTER
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
SUMMER 2021 SEMESTER
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 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.