The university Academic Calendars reflect the most recent changes in the UVM academic calendar year. View the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Academic Calendars.
Research Continuity and Guidelines
Research is inherent to what makes UVM a world-class institution. We are continuing full research operations under updated safety plans that provide safe opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student participation across a full range of projects.
To minimize future potential disruptions, we have developed a system of research activity levels that allows for raising and lowering research activity while avoiding the complete shutdown of research activities.
Research administration functions have been reviewed and protocols and guidelines established to build flexibility into operational procedures, particularly as they relate to remote operations. We have produced a series of mentoring activities and guidance documents to minimize the impact of the shutdown on graduate students, postdocs and early-career faculty moving through the tenure and promotion process. Refer to the Office of the Vice President for Research for more information on UVM research activities.
Students & Scholars
On-Campus & At-Home Options, Spring 2021
To meet the needs of our students, we are again offering two learning options for the spring 2021 semester.
1. The on-campus option: return to campus with a mix of in-person, online (asynchronous) and remote (synchronous) instruction.
2. The at-home option: remain at home with online/remote instruction.
The at-home option election form opens October 26 and must be elected by November 13. Regardless of choice, there will be activities, programming, and learning community connections to ensure that students feel included in the semester.
To help students make choices that support on-campus or remote activities, the Schedule of Courses has been revised to include attributes describing instructional modes to assist students in building their schedule according to their needs. The initial spring 2021 Schedule of Courses is now posted; the final schedule will be posted on November 7.
International students, please see guidance from the Office of International Education for further information related to implications for your F-1 or J-1 status, and for information about International Student Orientation.
Due to continued uncertainty regarding travel and the stability of health and safety conditions globally, we are cancelling all spring 2021 study abroad programs. This includes all international and domestic winter and spring break travel study courses. Decision regarding UVM-sponsored summer study abroad and travel study opportunities will be made in spring.
With physical distancing being a public health imperative right now, we have modified the undergraduate schedule of classes to offer a mix of in-person, mixed modality, online (asynchronous) and remote (synchronous) instruction. The instructional mode for each course is consistent with course learning goals and pedagogy and in consideration of having as many in-person courses as possible.
We are supporting high-quality online/remote and mixed-delivery instruction by:
- partnering with the Center for Teaching and Learning to create ongoing workshops for each mode of delivery
- providing classroom producers trained on video streaming hardware to assist faculty in course delivery
- creating quiet spaces for students to participate in remote course delivery
- implementing a comprehensive classroom-technology upgrade to best support remote instruction
- creating technology-enhanced meeting spaces to increase the inventory of common areas for learning while accommodating physical distancing requirements
We have implemented strategies and policies to address the needs of students with underlying health issues that ensures their continued enrollment, including remote course offerings. Efforts are coordinated through Student Accessibility Services in partnership with the Colleges and Schools.
The classroom space-management plan for fall 2020 assures required physical distancing; the occupancies of classrooms, labs, lounges, study spaces, meeting rooms, and other designated common areas have been adjusted so that students, faculty, and staff can maintain physical distancing of no less than 6 feet per person. All classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned on a nightly basis, and hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be available in all classrooms.
We have modified non-classroom spaces for larger enrollment courses, following the same standards for physical distancing. Courses enrolling 150 or more students that cannot be accommodated in physical spaces will be moved to remote instruction. We are creating video streaming “pods” for faculty to live-stream remote lectures.
In-person classes have been assigned to spaces large enough to accommodate physical distancing requirements. Faculty have been assigned to a mixed-delivery mode when it is not possible to move a course into a sufficiently large space. Mixed-delivery mode requires a space with a capacity of half the course enrollment for Tuesday/Thursday courses and a third of the course enrollment for Monday/Wednesday/Friday courses. Streaming video and recording equipment has been added to selected high-use classrooms for mixed delivery.