Academic Calendar 2020-2021 Changes

The final week of fall semester 2020 classes and final exams will be held remotely.

All Classes Remote for fall semester 2020 After Thanksgiving

All on-campus, in-person instruction at Minnesota State University, Mankato will transition to remote delivery via Zoom after the Thanksgiving holiday break. After the Thanksgiving holiday break, students and faculty previously attending FlexSync courses on-campus and in-person will join remotely via Zoom and required in-person experiences like clinicals, science labs, etc. will be offered remotely or using alternative delivery formats. 

Transitioning away from in-person meetings is not an early end to the fall semester. Faculty will hold classes virtually the final week of classes and deliver final exams online during finals week.

The remote delivery is only for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester and does not effect any spring 2021 semester course delivery at this time.  

Rationale

The change is an effort to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 following the Thanksgiving break. Public health officials tell us that mass travel during a pandemic, and particularly in late November at the traditional beginning of the typical flu season, raises significant concerns about the transmission of viruses. With this change, we join the University of Minnesota and several other institutions across the country in transitioning away from in-person interactions after the Thanksgiving break.


Residence Halls

Students who wish to remain in dorms after the Thanksgiving break may do so, and residential rates will remain the same.

Students who do not want to remain in student housing following the Thanksgiving break may request a prorated refund.

Residential Life Covid-19 Updates


Campus Operations

The campus will remain open during the two weeks after Thanksgiving to accommodate students who choose to stay in their private Mankato residences or in the dorms.

More details, including campus staffing plans during those final two weeks, will be coming soon.