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Reopening UConn

Academics

Here, We're Huskies.

At the University of Connecticut, we unite those who question, challenge, and push what's possible — whether that learning takes place in person on our campuses, online, or a combination of both. Flexible modes of course delivery planned for fall 2020 enable UConn to continue delivering the same outstanding education to all students while keeping safety at the forefront. Should all of the state’s gating conditions be met, the University has developed plans for course delivery and the academic calendar, as well as how the risk of COVID-19 transmission will be minimized in classrooms and common spaces.

Academics and Instruction

  • Classes will be provided in a range of formats including in-person, online, and a combination of the two formats to allow the University to prioritize both safety and the UConn educational experience.
  • While the University cannot guarantee any particular course selection, faculty and students who prefer a fully online experience for fall 2020 will be accommodated. And while the University cannot guarantee any particular course, UConn will work with students to ensure they have courses, online if requested, that support a timely progression towards their major(s) and degree.
  • Faculty who wish to teach courses exclusively online will be accommodated.
  • The capacity of classrooms will be reduced to allow for appropriate social distancing.
  • Students should be able to take a full course load; the University expects minimal, if any, disruption to most students’ progress to a degree.

Calendar and Schedule

  • Classes will begin as planned on August 31.
  • Students will not return following Thanksgiving break; the remainder of the semester after Thanksgiving will be entirely online to allow for the completion of the required curriculum, which can include any activities that support preparation for exams. There will be no in-person final exams.
  • Students who are unable to return home and must remain in the residence halls after Thanksgiving will be permitted to stay following a review by the Department of Residential Life. However, for safety reasons, they will not be permitted to leave campus for the Thanksgiving break.
  • Once the revised class schedule has been finalized (e.g. faculty and departments have made decisions on the modality of their courses), the university will begin the process of transitioning/revising course registrations. It is expected that a communication will go to students in early to mid-July with any instructions and adjustments that may be necessary for course registrations. In the meantime, students should simply continue to register for courses as they normally would, which will allow the university to ensure that student course needs are met. Although the residential calendar is being shifted two weeks earlier than originally planned (arriving early, departing early), the period of academic instruction will remain the same; tuition rates will remain at the levels previously approved by the board.