Last updated: July 21 at 12:15 p.m.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Health & Safety | In the Classroom | Student Life | TUITION & FINANCES
What is the calendar for the fall semester?

Currently, the fall semester dates are as follows: The first day of classes is Aug. 17 and the last day of classes will be Nov. 20. There will be no Fall Break. Students should plan to leave campus after the last day of class and not return until the spring semester. Exams will be given remotely from Dec. 2 to Dec. 8. These dates are subject to change.

What is the calendar for the spring semester?

Plans for the spring semester will be based on the public health conditions at the time as well as relevant federal, state, and local guidance. Regular updates on this planning will be provided during the fall semester.


At this time there are no plans to adjust the published hours. Classes should take place at the time on your current schedule. However, as the summer progresses, this may change. You will be informed if your schedule is modified.

Will I need to re-register for my classes?

Currently the fall classes returning students registered for remain in place. We do not anticipate a need to re-register.

What classes will be taught remotely/online and which will be taught in person?

The mode of instruction will be determined by individual faculty members for individual courses. Such decisions will be based on pedagogical considerations but will also be made to help ensure that the health of the community is protected. We expect those decisions to be made during the month of July. When available, the mode of instruction will be indicated in schedule of classes. July 16: This information is now included in the schedule of classes. See an explanation of the modes of instruction. July 20: Several faculty members have posted videos discussing their classes this fall. Watch them now.

Will classes be up to Sewanee’s standards?

The hallmarks of your Sewanee education will remain intact, regardless of mode of instruction: support from your faculty, meaningful connections with your peers, and engaging learning opportunities. Sewanee faculty have been working and training all summer to prepare for fall and will be ready with creative solutions. All of the regularly offered academic support services will be fully operational with options for both in-person and virtual access: the Writing Center, the Center for Speaking and Listening, departmental tutors, and the library, among others. Read more about our commitments during this pandemic.

What safety precautions are in place for classrooms?

Existing classrooms will be reconfigured to allow for social distancing and for remote students to participate. In order to spread students out, classes also will be held in nontraditional spaces around campus like Guerry Auditorium, Convocation Hall, Cravens Hall, and others. To take advantage of the Domain, some classes may be held outdoors. All learning spaces will be cleaned regularly. Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available throughout academic buildings. Students and faculty are expected to follow all Community Health Commitments while in class.

What will labs look like?

Faculty are expecting to conduct labs this fall. Like most academic experiences, labs will look a bit different. This may include some creative scheduling–weekend and evening labs, smaller sections, increased PPE, and other measures to keep students and faculty safe. Individual professors may be in contact with their students to provide additional details.

Will the library be open as a place to study?

duPont Library is making plans to be open as a place for faculty, staff, and students to study and work. The capacity of the building will be reduced to ensure that social distancing is possible. As in the past, students will be able to reserve study carrels—however, there will be fewer carrels available. More information will follow on the reservation process.

As in all other campus buildings, you will be expected to prescreen for COVID symptoms, wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. For details on other library services, please check our website.

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