COVID-19 Resource Center

Fall 2020 Semester Overview

As we continue to follow the CDC and Federal, and State guidelines, we are planning to welcome students back to campus and to teach in-person in August.

In response to the best available information, we will be shifting our semester forward to begin undergraduate classes on August 17, instead of the previously scheduled start date of August 24. Please note that, for technical reasons, the Schedule of Classes has not been updated to reflect the fall calendar. Refer to the Academic Calendar for accurate fall semester dates.

*Please note that fully-online graduate programs may be following the originally scheduled dates and the dates of some accelerated programs may vary from the standard term dates posted here. Students should check with their program for more information.

Additionally, Xavier will be adjusting the semester schedule by implementing the following changes:

  • Classes will be held on Labor Day, Monday, September 7.
  • Fall Break will not be held. Instead, class will meet on October 8 and 9.
  • The final day of classes will take place Tuesday, November 24.
  • On-campus housing will close for the semester at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25.
  • Following the Thanksgiving break, Xavier will hold Finals in a remote format from November 30 to December 4.
  • Xavier has added in two days off for our students and one remote learning day:
    • No classes on Tuesday, September 15 as we host our annual Spirit Celebration.
    • No classes on Wednesday, October 21 for a mid-semester break. (Once a week classes will meet.)
    • Classes will meet on Tuesday, November 3 in a remote format on Election Day.
    • Clinicals, practicums, student teaching and internships may be held on September 15, October 21 and November 3.

These changes are important to first reduce the chance of students, faculty and staff traveling during the holiday breaks to lead to Covid-19 hotspots and second to best utilize the available time on campus.

While the exact future is unpredictable, these changes will allow us to maintain the adacemic integrity of the fall semester while also providing the flexibilty that our students need to be successful. The health and academic experience of our students remains our top priority as does the health of our faculty and staff.