Fall 2021 Guidance/COVID-19 Information

2020-2021 Academic Calendar

Spring Semester 2021

Official Term Dates: February 1 to May 14

Due to the COVID-19 health event, the Spring 2021 academic calendar has been adjusted. Please review the adjusted dates below, and the Restart SUNY Cortland page for additional changes, additions or announcements.

President’s State of the College Address and Faculty Meetings Thursday, January 28
Classes Begin Monday, Feb. 1
Wellness Day (no classes) Tuesday, March 9
Third-Quarter Classes End Friday, March 19
Fourth Quarter Classes Begin Monday, March 22
Wellness Day (no classes) Wednesday, April 14
Honors Convocation * Saturday, April 24
Last Day for In-Class Examinations  Friday, April 30
Classes End Friday, May 7
Study Days Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9
Final Examination Period Monday, May 10 to Friday, May 14
Graduate Commencement Friday, May 14
Undergraduate Commencement Saturday, May 15

* This date is subject to change.

Fall Semester 2020

Official Term Dates: August 31 to December 18

Due to the COVID-19 health event, the Fall 2020 academic calendar has been adjusted. Please review the adjusted dates below, and the Restart SUNY Cortland page for additional changes, additions or announcements.

Classes Begin Monday, Aug. 31
Labor Day (Classes Are in Session) Monday, Sep. 7
First-Quarter Classes End Friday, Oct. 16
Second-Quarter Classes Begin * Monday, Oct. 19
Thanksgiving Break Begins + Monday, Nov. 23 
Classes Resume Remotely Monday, Nov. 30
Last Day for In-Class Examinations  Friday, Dec. 4
Classes End Friday, Dec. 11
Study Days Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday, Dec. 13
Final Examination Period Monday, Dec. 14 to Friday, Dec. 18

+ Residential Life check-out begins on the evening of November 20, and continues through November 23.

* Fall break has been canceled due to the adjusted Thanksgiving break dates.

Semester start dates are generally guided by Labor Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day respectively. Please review the Summer and Winter Session website for Summer and Winter term dates.

Final Exam Policy: No examinations or quizzes may be given the five class days preceding the final exam period without the approval of the dean.

Religious Holidays: Students who miss classes, exams, or work requirements because of religious beliefs shall be excused and will be provided with opportunities to make up exams or work missed because of the absence. This does not prohibit faculty from giving assignments/exams on a given day. The purpose is to allow individual students alternatives based on religious practice when they make a request. Please refer to the religious holiday schedule for details and dates.