Academic Calendar

Faculty contract year begins Aug 17, 2020 (Monday)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 2, 2020 (Wednesday)
Labor Day Sep 7, 2020 (Monday)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 26-Nov 29, 2020
All classes move to virtual format for the remainder of the semester Nov 30-Dec 18, 2020
Last class day Dec 10, 2020 (Thursday)
Study day Dec 11, 2020 (Friday)
Exams Dec 12 (Saturday)-Dec 18 (Friday), 2020
Commencement (no exams) Dec 13, 2020 (Sunday)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 18, 2021 (Monday)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 25, 2021 (Monday)
No classes Mar 27, 2021 (Saturday)
No classes April 2 (Friday) – April 3 (Saturday), 2021
Classes resume Apr 5, 2021 (Monday)
Last class day Apr 30, 2021 (Friday)
Study day May 1, 2021 (Saturday)
Exams May 2 (Sunday)-May 7 (Friday) 2021
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 7, 2021 (Friday)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 8, 2021 (Saturday)
Faculty contract year ends May 16, 2021 (Sunday)
4-week session May 17-Jun 11, 2021
3-week summer session May 24-Jun 11, 2021
Memorial Day observed May 31, 2021 (Monday)
8-week summer session Jun 14-Aug 6, 2021
Independence Day observed Jul 5, 2021 (Monday)
Faculty contract year begins Aug 23 2021 (Monday)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 8, 2021 (Wednesday)
Labor Day Sep 6, 2021 (Monday)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 25-Nov 28, 2021
Last class day Dec 15, 2021 (Wednesday)
Study day Dec 16, 2021 (Thursday)
Exams Dec 17 (Friday)-Dec 23 (Thursday), 2021
Commencement (no exams) Dec 19, 2021 (Sunday)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 17, 2022 (Monday)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 25, 2022 (Tuesday)
Spring recess Mar 12-Mar 20, 2022
Classes resume Mar 21, 2022 (Monday)
Last class day May 6, 2022 (Friday)
Study day May 7, 2022 (Saturday)
Exams May 8 (Saturday)-May 13 (Friday) 2022
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 13, 2022 (Friday)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 14, 2022 (Saturday)
Faculty contract year ends May 22, 2022 (Sunday)
4-week session May 23-Jun 17, 2022
3-week summer session
May 31-Jun 17, 2022
Memorial Day observed May 30, 2022 (Monday)
8-week summer session
Jun 20-Aug 12 2022
Independence Day observed July 4, 2022 (Monday)
Faculty contract year begins Aug 22, 2022 (Monday)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 7, 2022 (Wednesday)
Labor Day Sep 5, 2022 (Monday)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 24-Nov 27, 2022
Last class day Dec 14, 2022 (Wednesday)
Study day Dec 15, 2022 (Thursday)
Exams Dec 16 (Friday)-Dec 22 (Thursday), 2022
Commencement (no exams) Dec 18, 2022 (Sunday)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 16, 2023 (Monday)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 24, 2023 (Tuesday)
Spring recess Mar 11-Mar 19, 2023
Classes resume Mar 20, 2023 (Monday)
Last class day May 5, 2023 (Friday)
Study day May 6, 2023 (Saturday)
Exams May 7 (Sunday)-May 12 (Friday) 2023
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 12, 2023 (Friday)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 13, 2023 (Saturday)
Faculty contract year ends May 21, 2023 (Sunday)
4-week session May 22-Jun 16, 2023
3-week summer session
May 30-Jun 16, 2023
Memorial Day observed May 29, 2023 (Monday)
8-week summer session
Jun 19-Aug 11, 2023
Independence Day observed Jul 4, 2023 (Tuesday)
Faculty contract year begins Aug 21, 2023 (Monday)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 6, 2023 (Wednesday)
Labor Day Sep 4, 2023 (Monday)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 23-Nov 26, 2023
Last class day Dec 13, 2023 (Wednesday)
Study day Dec 14, 2023 (Thursday)
Exams Dec 15 (Friday)-Dec 21 (Thursday), 2023
Commencement (no exams) Dec 17, 2023 (Sunday)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 15, 2024 (Monday)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 23, 2024 (Tuesday)
Spring recess Mar 23-Mar 31, 2024
Classes resume Apr 1, 2024 (Monday)
Last class day May 3, 2024 (Friday)
Study day May 4, 2024 (Saturday)
Exams May 5 (Sunday)-May 10 (Friday) 2024
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 10, 2024 (Friday)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 11, 2024 (Saturday)
Faculty contract year ends May 19, 2024 (Sunday)
4-week session May 20-Jun 14, 2024
3-week summer session
May 28-Jun 14, 2024
Memorial Day observed May 27, 2024 (Monday)
8-week summer session
Jun 17-Aug 9, 2024
Independence Day observed Jul 4, 2024 (Thursday)
Faculty contract year begins Aug 19, 2024 (M)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 4, 2024 (W)
Labor Day Sep 2, 2024 (M)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 28-Dec 1, 2024
Last class day Dec 11, 2024 (W)
Study day Dec 12, 2024 (R)
Exams Dec 13 (F)-Dec 19 (R), 2024
Commencement (no exams) Dec 15, 2024 (N)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 20, 2025 (M)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 21, 2025 (T)
Spring recess Mar 15-Mar 23, 2025
Classes resume Mar 24, 2025 (M)
Last class day May 2, 2025 (F)
Study day May 3, 2025 (S)
Exams May 4 (N)-May 9 (F) 2025
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 9, 2025 (F)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 10, 2025 (S)
Faculty contract year ends May 18, 2025 (N)
4-week session May 19-Jun 13, 2025
3-week summer session
May 27-Jun 13, 2025
Memorial Day observed May 26, 2025 (M)
8-week summer session
Jun 16-Aug 8, 2025
Independence Day observed Jul 4, 2025 (F)
Faculty contract year begins Aug 18, 2025 (M)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 3, 2025 (W)
Labor Day Sep 1, 2025 (M)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 27-Nov 30, 2025
Last class day Dec 10, 2025 (W)
Study day Dec 11, 2025 (R)
Exams Dec 12 (F)-Dec 18 (R), 2025
Commencement (no exams) Dec 14, 2025 (N)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 19, 2026 (M)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 20, 2026 (T)
Spring recess Mar 28-Apr 5, 2026
Classes resume Apr 6, 2026 (M)
Last class day May 1, 2026 (F)
Study day May 2, 2026 (S)
Exams May 3 (N)-May 8 (F) 2026
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 8, 2026 (F)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 9, 2026 (S)
Faculty contract year ends May 17, 2026 (N)
4-week session May 18-Jun 12, 2026
3-week summer session
May 26-Jun 12, 2026
Memorial Day observed May 25, 2026 (M)
8-week summer session
Jun 15-Aug 7, 2026
Independence Day observed Jul 4, 2026 (S)

Policy UW-880

January 13, 2021

TO:            Deans, Directors, Faculty, and Instructional Academic Staff

CC:            Facilities and Administrative Unit Directors, Teaching Assistants

FROM:     John Karl Scholz, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Lori Reesor, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Faculty

RE:            Religious Observances

Please do not schedule exams and other mandatory academic requirements on days when religious observances may cause substantial numbers of students to be absent. Despite a long-standing faculty policy to avoid such conflicts and to make reasonable accommodations for individual cases, students continue to report conflicts in our courses that have not been addressed. Refer to the policy or this memo in your syllabus or use the syllabus template (currently posted on the Instructional Continuity website, under “Course Design & Tools”), where the language regarding religious observances is already included along with additional guidance for students regarding COVID-19. Please advise your teaching assistants to adhere to this policy.

Note that Muslim students who observe Ramadan will fast from dawn to sunset during the most stressful time of the academic year, including finals week Spring 2021. Please extend all possible flexibility to these students

Note as well the removal of spring break from the spring academic calendar and any subsequent changes in the relationship of Passover and Easter to the scheduling of midterm examinations and other assessments.

As in the fall, many courses will be held online or as hybrid courses this semester as we maintain physical distancing to combat COVID-19. Online and remote schedules do not diminish the importance of this policy, and all reasonable accommodations should continue to be made. Please also note that many of our students may be different time zones this semester and accommodations should take this into consideration.

 

State law mandates that any student with a conflict between an academic requirement and any religious observance must be given an alternative for meeting the academic requirement. The law also stipulates that students be given a mechanism by which they can conveniently and confidentially notify an instructor of the conflict. A student’s claim of a religious conflict, which may include travel time, should be accepted at face value. A great variety of valid claims exist for religious groups, and there is no practical, dignified, and legal means to assess the validity of individual claims.

The following three guidelines that have been developed to provide clarity for both students and instructors:
(1) Announce early in the semester that your students must notify you within the first two weeks of class of the specific days or dates on which they request relief. Including this information on your course syllabus is encouraged, to make sure your students are informed of the policy. (2) Make‑ups may be scheduled before or after the regularly scheduled requirements. (3) It is understood that instructors may set reasonable limits on the total number of days claimed by any one student. Occasionally, students may not fully understand the necessity for prior notice, and under these circumstances we urge you to be as flexible as possible. Our policy seeks to be sensitive to the needs of individual students.

Some religions mark observances over multiple days, which may begin at sunset on the day preceding the posted date(s) of the holiday. See interfaith-calendar.org for a listing, though not exhaustive, of religious holidays. Please refer to the calendar below or at secfac.wisc.edu/academic-calendar/ to compare with the UW-Madison academic calendar.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Heather Daniels, Secretary of the Faculty, 608-262-3958, sof@secfac.wisc.edu

John Zumbrunnen, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, 608-262-5701, zumbrunnen@wisc.edu

Christina Olstad, Dean of Students, 608-262-1451, dean@studentlife.wisc.edu

 

CALENDAR FOR SPRING SEMESTER 2021

Martin Luther King Jr Day 18 January (Mon)
Last day to cancel enrollment without transcript record 24 January (Sun)
Instruction begins 25 January (Mon)
Last day to drop courses or withdraw without notation on transcript 3 February (Wed)
Last day to add courses or enroll without department/dean permission 5 February (Fri)
Last day for 100% tuition adjustment on dropped classes 5 February (Fri)
Ash Wednesday* 17 February (Wed)
Last day for 50% tuition adjustment on dropped classes 19 February (Fri)
Last day to apply for pass/fail or convert from credit to audit (undergrad) 19 February (Fri)
Purim* 26 February (Fri)**
Magha Puja Day* 26 February (Fri)
Last day to drop courses 26 March (Fri)
Last day to apply for pass/fail or convert from credit to audit (grad) 26 March (Fri)
No classes 27 March (Sat)
Passover (Pesach)* 28 March-4 April **
Holi* 28-29 March (Sun-Mon)
Good Friday* 2 April (Fri)
No classes 2-3 April (Fri-Sat)
Easter* 4 April (Sun)
Classes resume 5 April (Mon)
Ramadan* 12 April-May 12***
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty (undergrad, prof., special) 16 April (Fri)
Mahavir Jayanti* 25 April (Sun)
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty (grad) 30 April (Fri)
Last class day 30 April (Fri)
Beltane* 1 May (Sat)
Study day 1 May (Sat)
Exam (summary) period 2-7 May (Sun-Fri)
Commencement ceremony: doctoral and MFA candidates 7 May (Fri)****
Commencement ceremony: undergraduate and master’s degree candidates 8 May (Sat)****
Last day grades in 10 May (Mon)
Eid al Fitr (end of Ramadan)* 12-13 May (Wed-Thu)***
Ascension Day* 13 May (Thu)
Faculty contract year ends 16 May (Sun)

 

Spring 2021 Key Deadlines:
registrar.wisc.edu/dates/

Please contact the Office of the Registrar for the Apply to Graduate deadline.

Note that Ramadan falls on April 12-May 12 this year, which includes finals week Spring 2021. More information on making accommodations for religious fasting:
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/05/14/colleges-try-accommodate-muslim-students-fasting-ramadan

* In accordance with regent and faculty policy, faculty are asked not to schedule mandatory exercises on days when religious observances may cause substantial numbers of students to be absent from the university.

** Observances of Jewish holidays begin at sunset on the day preceding that which is listed as the holiday.

*** Islamic holidays are based on the lunar cycle and dates may vary by one day from those listed.

**** The official date of degree conferral on the diploma will be 9 May 2021.

Jane Richard
Office of the Secretary of the Faculty
University of Wisconsin – Madison
129 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI  53706-1380

jane.richard@wisc.edu
Phone: (608) 262-3958

For questions about commencement, see: commencement.wisc.edu/
or email your questions to: commence@chancellor.wisc.edu

Apply to graduate deadline for Spring 2020 will be Friday, April 3, 2020

Final grades are due to the Office of the Registrar 72 hours after the last final exam day, regardless of whether or not a two-hour summary block exam was held. This is the deadline approved by the Faculty Senate.. For questions about final exams or submitting grades, please see the Office of the Registrar’s pages: Office of the Registrar’s pages.

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