University of Wisconsin–Madison

Academic Calendar

Faculty contract year begins Aug 21, 2017 (M)
Labor Day Sep 4, 2017 (M)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 6, 2017 (W)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 23-26, 2017
Last class day Dec 13, 2017 (W)
Study day Dec 14, 2017 (R)
Exams Dec 15 (F)-Dec 21 (R), 2017
Commencement (no exams) Dec 17, 2017 (N)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 15, 2018 (M)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 23, 2018 (T)
Spring recess Mar 24-Apr 1, 2018
Classes resume Apr 2, 2018 (M)
Last class day May 4, 2018 (F)
Study day May 5, 2018 (S)
Exams May 6 (N)-May 11 (F), 2018
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 11, 2018 (F)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 12, 2018 (S)
Faculty contract year ends May 20, 2018 (N)
4-week summer session May 21-Jun 15, 2018
Memorial Day observed May 28, 2018 (M)
3-week summer session May 29-Jun 15, 2018
8-week summer session
Jun 18-Aug 10, 2018
Independence Day observed Jul 4, 2018 (W)
Faculty contract year begins Aug 20, 2018 (M)
Labor Day Sep 3, 2018 (M)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 5, 2018 (W)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 22-25, 2018
Last class day Dec 12, 2018 (W)
Study day Dec 13, 2018 (R)
Exams Dec 14 (F)-Dec 20 (R), 2018
Commencement (no exams) Dec 16, 2018 (N)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 21, 2019 (M)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 22, 2019 (T)
Spring recess Mar 16-24, 2019
Classes resume Mar 25, 2019 (M)
Last class day May 3, 2019 (F)
Study day May 4, 2019 (S)
Exams May 5 (N)-May 10 (F), 2019
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 10, 2019 (F)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 11, 2019 (S)
Faculty contract year ends May 19, 2019 (N)
Memorial Day observed May 27, 2019 (M)
4-week summer session May 20-Jun 14, 2019
3-week summer session
May 28-Jun 14, 2019
8-week summer session
Jun 17-Aug 9, 2019
Independence Day observed Jul 4, 2019 (R)
Faculty contract year begins Aug 19, 2019 (M)
Labor Day Sep 2, 2019 (M)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 4, 2019 (W)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 28-Dec 1, 2019
Last class day Dec 11, 2019 (W)
Study day Dec 12, 2019 (R)
Exams Dec 13 (F)-Dec 19 (R), 2019
Commencement (no exams) Dec 15, 2019 (N)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 20, 2020 (M)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 21, 2020 (T)
Spring recess Mar 14-22, 2020
Classes resume Mar 23, 2020 (M)
Last class day May 1, 2020 (F)
Study day May 2, 2020 (S)
Exams May 3 (N)-May 8 (F), 2020
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 8, 2020 (F)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 9, 2020 (S)
Faculty contract year ends May 17, 2020 (N)
Memorial Day observed May 25, 2020 (M)
4-week summer session May 18-Jun 12, 2020
3-week summer session
May 26-Jun 12, 2020
8-week summer session begins Jun 15-Aug 7, 2020
Independence Day observed Jul 4, 2020 (S)
Faculty contract year begins Aug 17, 2020 (M)
Fall semester instruction begins Sep 2, 2020 (W)
Labor Day Sep 7, 2020 (M)
Thanksgiving recess Nov 26-Nov 29, 2020
Last class day Dec 10, 2020 (R)
Study day Dec 11, 2020 (F)
Exams Dec 12 (S)-Dec 18 (F), 2020
Commencement (no exams) Dec 13, 2020 (N)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Jan 18, 2021 (M)
Spring semester instruction begins Jan 19, 2021 (T)
Spring recess Mar 27-Apr 4, 2021
Classes resume Apr 5, 2021 (M)
Last class day Apr 30, 2021 (F)
Study day May 1, 2021 (S)
Exams May 2 (N)-May 7 (F) 2021
Commencement: Doctoral & Medical Professional May 7, 2021 (F)
Commencement: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Law May 8, 2021 (S)
Faculty contract year ends May 16, 2021 (N)
4-week session May 17-Jun 11, 2021
3-week summer session
May 24-Jun 11, 2021
Memorial Day observed May 31, 2021 (M)
8-week summer session
Jun 14-Aug 6, 2021
Independence Day observed Jul 5, 2021 (M)

5 January 2017

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

CC:          Facilities and Administrative Unit Directors, Teaching Assistants

FROM:    Sarah Mangelsdorf, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Steven K. Smith, Secretary of the Faculty
Lori Berquam, Vice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students

RE:          When Classwork and Religious Observances Conflict

We would like to remind you of the faculty policy that mandatory academic requirements should not be scheduled on days when religious observances may cause substantial numbers of students to be absent from the university. Please visitinterfaithcalendar.org for a listing, though not exhaustive, of religious holidays. Please refer to the calendar below for additional information and mark the noted holidays on your calendar now so that you do not schedule mandatory exercises on any of these dates.

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. 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.

Please adhere to 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 another appropriate method 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.

Please advise your teaching assistants of this policy.

Finally, on a different but somewhat parallel topic, we urge fairness, compassion, and sensitivity when you or your TAs are approached by a student requesting class time off due to a family emergency. Demonstration of your understanding in such a circumstance may be important to the student in getting through the crisis. Please note that University Health Services (uhs.wisc.edu/) offers counseling for students on a 24/7 basis. For other resources related to workplace challenges, please visit the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty webpage (secfac.wisc.edu/workplace-conflict.htm).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Steven K. Smith, Office of the Secretary of the Faculty, 608-265-4562, sof@secfac.wisc.edu
Steven M. Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, 608-262-5246, steven.cramer@wisc.edu
Lori Berquam, Division of Student Life, 608-263-5700, dean@studentlife.wisc.edu

CALENDAR FOR FALL SEMESTER 2016

Last day to cancel enrollment without transcript record  16 January (M)
Martin Luther King Jr Day  16 January (M)
Instruction begins  17 January (T)
Last day to drop courses or withdraw without notation on transcript  25 January (W)
Last day to add courses or enroll without department/dean permission  27 January (F)
Last day for 100% tuition adjustment on dropped classes  27 January (F)
Last day for 50% tuition adjustment on dropped classes  10 February (F)
Last day to apply for pass/fail or convert from credit to audit (undergrad)  10 February (F)
 Last day to drop courses  17 March (F)
Last day to apply for pass/fail or convert from credit to audit (grad)  17 March (F)
Spring recess  18-26 March (S-N)
Classes resume  27 March (M)
Apply to Graduate Deadline  31 March (F)
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty (undergrad, prof., spec)  7 April (F)
Passover*  11-18 April (T-T)**
Good Friday*  14 April (F)
Last day to withdraw without academic penalty (grad)  4 May (R)
Last class day  4 May (R)
Study day  5 May (F)
Exam (summary) period  6-12 May (S-F)
Commencement ceremony: doctoral and MFA candidates  12 May (F)***
Commencement ceremony: undergraduate and master’s degree candidates  13 May (S)***
Start of Ramadan  26 May (F)
Faculty contract year ends  28 May (N)

* 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.
*** The official date of degree conferral on the diploma will be 13 May 2017.

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

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