Last updated: April 28 at 4:15 p.m.

The FAQs will be updated as needed.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Currently, the spring semester dates are as follows: The first day of classes is Feb. 1 and the last day of classes will be May 12. Three reading days have been built into the schedule—March 3, March 31, and April 28—when no classes will be held. However, there will be no spring break in order to minimize the risk to campus associated with increased travel. Exams will be given from May 14-20. Commencement for the Class of 2021 is planned for May 22 (changed from May 23). These dates are subject to change.


At this time there are no plans to adjust the published hours. Classes should take place at the time on your current schedule. 

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

The mode of instruction is determined by individual faculty members for individual courses. Such decisions are based on pedagogical considerations but will also be made to help ensure that the health of the community is protected. This information is included in the schedule of classes. Online means a course is fully online. TBA means that it will be in a classroom but the specific classroom has not yet been assigned. If a classroom is listed, the course will be in person, either fully or partially; faculty will clarify for each course if an in-person course is fully in-person or a mixture of in-person and remote. Several faculty members created videos discussing their classes last fall.

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. 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?

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?

As it was in the fall, duPont Library will be open as a place for faculty, staff, and students to study and work. The capacity of the building has been 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 wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. For details on other library services, please check the library website.

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