This page contains information that is relevant to all students and instructors, regardless of the classroom delivery format. Please closely review the information on this page, as well as consult the following relevant pages:

Spring 2021 Academic Calendar

Like the Fall 2020 semester, the Spring 2021 semester will include a blend of in-person and remote instruction. See more information on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Important spring dates:

  • The first day of classes will now be Monday, January 25.
  • The last day of instruction will be Wednesday, May 5 with finals taking place May 7-14.
  • There will be no Spring Break.
  • Three additional non-instruction break days are being added: February 17, March 24 and April 13. Non-instructional days should be left entirely free of any mandatory course obligations

Information for Students

This page will continue to provide academic information and guidance for students. Please continue to check this page as well as consult these other relevant pages:

Course Schedules

Student schedules, reflective of the modifications made by departments, are available in Student Self-Service and myIllini.

Courses have different types of delivery mode, which is the way the instructor has chosen for class meetings. Here are some commonly-used terms for these delivery modes:

  • Asynchronous sections are online with no scheduled meeting time. Each student is responsible for keeping track of readings, assignments, and due dates.
  • Hybrid courses combine in-person and online, often with an online lecture and an in-person discussion section or lab.
  • Hyflex is an instruction form using the most available options. Instructors using hyflex modality provide students the option to attend in-person, synchronously “attend” (through Zoom, for example), or asynchronously participate by watching recorded in-person and/or synchronous sessions.
  • In-person courses meet in an assigned space on campus. To ensure social distancing protocols are met, instructors may use distributed attendance to ensure the maximum number of people in the space does not exceed recommended capacity. With distributed attendance, specified students in the in-person course will attend on certain days, other students on other days. Students should contact the course instructor if they need information on or have questions about distributed attendance procedures.
  • Synchronous courses “meet” at scheduled times via Zoom or another online platform.

Class attendance

Each instructor has a class-specific attendance policy. Students should review each course section’s attendance policies, which should be in the course syllabus, and establish open communication with instructors by asking for clarification on any aspect of these policies. If an instructor asks for a verified absence letter from the Office of the Dean of Students, students can submit requests via this website

Undergraduates with questions or concerns should consult with their academic advisors or college office, and graduate students should consult with their advisors or the Graduate College.

Information for Instructors

This page will continue to provide academic information and guidance for students. Please continue to check this page as well as consult these other relevant pages:

General guidance

  • Whether online or in-person, instructors should honor class start and end times. Student schedules still have many back-to-back class sessions.
  • It is recommend all exams be offered remotely.  Space for face-to-face instruction time is limited and precious, and we suggest that it not be used for exams.
  • Instructors must adhere to the final exam schedule.

Excusing Absences

In addition to students missing class because they are ill, some students may miss classes because they have been asked to quarantine or isolate. In these situations, in order to protect the privacy rights of students, specific information about a verified absence will not be provided to instructors. Because instructors will not know the exact reason for a verified absence, we strongly recommend that all verified absences be excused.

Since absences might be more frequent and prolonged, consider grading mechanisms that permit flexibility for students.  For example, students might be provided with the opportunity to utilize late due dates for some number of assignments.

ICES scores

The University decided to allow instructors to omit without penalty any ICES scores from promotion dossiers for the Spring 2020 semester, recognizing the potentially disruptive impact of switching to remote learning during the semester. Given that instructors have had time to prepare to teach in different modalities for the Fall 2020 semester, the University will require ICES scores for Fall 2020 to be part of promotion dossiers. The University will revisit this decision if there is a sudden switch in the approach to the Fall semester.

Unauthorized Posting of Class Content Online

Guidance was issued to help instructors dealing with the unauthorized posting of class content online. Please view this guide for more information.