Spring 2021 plan

Academic calendar

The University will follow a modified spring semester academic calendar. Spring classes will begin on campus on Monday, Jan. 25, and on-campus instruction will conclude on Friday, April 30Final exams will take place from May 5 to May 12.

The spring academic calendar will not observe a spring break but will include two Wellness Wednesdays on March 3 and April 14. Professors will communicate to students how class time for Wellness Wednesdays will be made up. This may include two Saturdays officially scheduled as instruction/class time. The complete academic calendar is available at https://registrar.miami.edu/_assets/pdf/academic-calendar-spring-20211.pdf.

Law and medical schools: The law and medical schools will determine their own approaches to learning and research and may follow a different academic calendar, which they will share directly with their respective communities.

Course modalities

While most classes will occur in person, to allow for proper physical distancing and to meet the specific needs of faculty members whose preexisting health conditions may limit their on-campus activities, a limited number of classes may be offered in online or hybrid—a mix of online and in-person—formats. The University is using the experiences from the Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters and new programs to further build expertise in online instruction to enhance any remote learning experience for students.

Arrangements will be made to ensure access to a high-quality online learning experience for students whose health conditions prevent them from attending class in person and for international students who are unable to be in South Florida due to travel restrictions or other circumstances.

Remote learning

Students facing personal or family-related health concerns, international travel restrictions, or other significant challenges are able to request to take their Spring 2021 courses fully online through remote learning. The application for remote learning will be available through Dec. 22. More information is available at coronavirus.miami.edu/remote-learning.

On-campus housing

For students living in on-campus housingmove-in for first-year and transfer students will take place Jan. 19-20, with move-in for continuing students occurring Jan. 21-23. All students will be assigned a designated move-in date and time. Additional information regarding the move-in process will be provided to all students who have reserved an on-campus living assignment.

Spring orientation

Orientation, or ’Cane Kickoff, for first-year and transfer students will occur Jan. 21-23. Additional details will be shared directly with new students.

Campus life

A variety of virtual and limited, socially distanced, in-person events will continue for the spring semester to allow students to stay engaged and connect with their fellow 'Canes both virtually and on campus.

Similarly, the Herbert Wellness Center, Student Center Complex, campus dining locations, and campus libraries will remain open. Additionally, services like the Counseling Center, Student Health Service, and others will continue to serve students virtually.

Our four pillars

At the University of Miami, we are fortunate to have a world-class health system in UHealth and the very best minds in public health guiding our plan. Based on guidance from public health and government agencies, seven multi-disciplinary committees have developed our plan, which is rooted in four pillars.

The four pillars include testing, tracing, and tracking; cleaning and disinfecting; protecting personal space; and vaccinating. Details regarding the four pillars can be found at coronavirus.miami.edu/our-four-pillars.