Winthrop Announces Modifications to Spring 2021 Semester
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Winthrop Announces Modifications to Spring 2021 Semester

December 15, 2020

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The first adjustment, similar to the fall 2020 semester, will be to implement a remote start in order for the semester to begin as planned on Monday, Jan. 11.
  • The in-person component of instruction – about 70 percent of courses will be a mix of hybrid and full in person – will begin a week later on Tuesday, Jan. 19, which is the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Winthrop University Interim President George Hynd announced on Dec. 14 modifications to Winthrop’s spring 2021 academic schedule due to COVID-19.

The first adjustment, similar to the fall 2020 semester, will be to implement a remote start in order for the semester to begin as planned on Monday, Jan. 11. The in-person component of instruction – about 70 percent of courses will be a mix of hybrid and full in person – will begin a week later on Tuesday, Jan. 19, which is the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. 

Hynd said this will provide more time to implement the university’s spring COVID-19 testing requirement wherein residential students and those taking in-person classes must present a timely negative test result to move back into the residence halls and/or attend in-person classes. “Both students and faculty members responded well to the fall remote start, and I expect this spring adjustment will be similarly accommodated,” he said.

Other modifications include a different approach to spring break. Instead of a traditional, week-long spring break, Hynd said those five class days will now be spread out over three months. While he hoped to preserve the traditional spring break in March, it is not in the community’s best interest to have a week off from classes in the middle of the semester, he said.

“We heard the importance of building in some days off through the semester to relieve stress and give our students needed breaks,” Hynd said. “We have identified five days that have been spread throughout the semester to provide respite.”

On those days when no classes are offered, the university’s offices will be open.

The timeline for Winthrop’s spring semester now is: 

Monday, January 11               First day of class – remote learning until Tuesday, Jan. 19

Monday, January 18               Martin Luther King Jr. Day – no classes 

Tuesday, January 19               In-person classes begin

Tuesday, February 16             Spring break day 1 – no classes

Wednesday, March 3              Spring break day 2 – no classes 

Thursday, March 18               Spring break day 3– no classes

Friday, April 9                        Spring break day 4 – no classes

Monday, April 19                   Spring break day 5 – no classes

Monday, April 26                   Last day of class

Tuesday, April 27                   Study day

Wednesday-Tuesday,              Final exams

April 28-May 4

Thursday and Saturday          Commencement ceremonies

May 6 & 8

For more information, contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at longshawj@winthrop.edu or at 803/323-2404.

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Last Updated: 12/15/20