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Classes and Academics


Academics, research, and creative activities are fully back on campus. To protect the health and safety of our campus and community, everyone is asked to follow these guidelines.

Spring 2022 Calendar

January 10 — Classes begin for Spring 2022
January 17 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day — no classes, university offices remain open
March 5-13 — Spring Break — no classes, university offices remain open
March 31-April 1 — Gentle Break — no classes, university offices remain open
April 30 — Classes end for Spring 2022
May 2-6 — Exam week
May 7 — Semester ends/Commencement

Health and safety in the classroom

CMU requires everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask or face covering in all classrooms, labs, and other instructional spaces at least through the end of September. The university will continue to closely monitor and assess the situation and will communicate any policy changes to the university community.

Class types

CMU is currently offering four different educational delivery modes in addition to traditional in-person classroom and lab sections.

Courses are fully online and require students and faculty to participate during specific meeting days/times.

Courses are fully online with no specific meeting days/times. Students do not have to meet for the online class at a certain time. Instead, the instructor posts assignments in an online learning portal, and students read instructions posted, like reading certain chapters or articles. Students might also then be asked to complete assignments by a certain deadline.

HyFlex allows students to attend in-person classes or participate in the live class through a synchronous online session. Use of HyFlex could mean, for example, that some students attend class in person one day and remotely the next class session based on direction from their instructor. Or a student could choose to participate in class by sitting in a classroom on campus, or to attend that same class, at the same time, remotely from another location. Students are strongly encouraged to attend in the classroom whenever possible.

Courses have some face-to-face time and a mixture of synchronous and/or asynchronous meetings. Some parts of the course require all students to be face to face for class meetings, while other meetings are held either by synchronous online instruction (for example, an instructor teaches from home or an office and speaks to students live through online audio or video conferencing, like a Zoom meeting), or the students would have online asynchronous instruction.

Resources for Students

For information about your account and for questions about billing, please contact Student Account Services and University Billing.

For information about financial aid and scholarships, please visit the Scholarships and Financial Aid website.

Student Account Services and University Billing

Stay on track for graduation by meeting with an academic advisor. Find your advisor and schedule an appointment by visiting the Academic Advising webpage.

Find technology tips and assistance on the Office of Information Technology HyFlex resources for students webpage.

Request help from a tutor, or visit CMU's Writing Center and Mathematics Assistance Center.

To learn about academic accommodations and support for students with disabilities, as well as to register for services, please visit the Student Disability Services webpage.

Study abroad programs will resume in Spring 2022.

CMU Study Abroad Office

We actively monitor updates to immigration regulations, visa processing, and travel restrictions that may impact our international students and scholars. International students who have questions about the fall semester can visit International Student Frequently Asked Questions page.

International Student Frequently Asked Questions

Resources for Faculty

The Office of Curriculum and Instructional Support offers many tools and resources for faculty.

Contact the Office of Information Technology for technical assistance.

Faculty and staff, if Student Affairs informs you that a student in isolation or quarantine is medically cleared to resume regular activities and return to classes, know that Student Affairs has worked with CMU Health Services to make that determination.

Please note: Faculty or staff should not contact Health Services or Student Affairs to “verify” the medical sufficiency of a return-to-class note from Student Affairs or the date upon which the return slip is effective. Such verification requests are redundant and create a bottleneck of vital staff resources dedicated to other critical activities.

Please contact the Office of Research and Graduate Studies for specific questions related to research, lab and field safety, and other concerns.

Office of Research and Graduate Studies