Fall semester schedule Q&A

Central Michigan University is adjusting the fall 2020 semester schedule to begin on-campus classes Monday, Aug. 17. The semester will end with the close of final exams on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission following holiday travel.

Here are questions and answers related to the schedule change:

Important dates and deadlines

Friday, Aug. 21, will be the last day for drop/add.

No. Financial aid disbursements are scheduled to begin Aug. 7 and continue weekly.

Students and families in financial difficulties, particularly due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, have the option this year of deferring payments. Deferred payments are due Nov. 1.

Student teaching in-school hours will by necessity follow K-12 academic calendars. Faculty will be in touch with students about adjustments and adaptations in the coming weeks.

Finals exams are scheduled Nov. 19-20 and 23-25, and semester grades are due for posting Dec. 4.

CMU's satellite and online course offerings for fall 2020 will not change schedules. Eight-week courses for the Fall I session will begin Aug. 31 and end Oct. 23, Fall I 12-week courses will begin Sept. 21 and end Dec. 11, and Fall II eight-week courses will begin Oct. 26 and end Dec. 18.

Summer course schedules are not changing. Summer II ends Friday, Aug. 14, before the Aug. 17 start of fall classes

As of now, summer commencement is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 15.

Housing and dining

Move-in for residence halls and Northwest Apartments will be scheduled by appointment Thursday, Aug. 13, through Sunday, Aug. 16. Residents will receive an email with sign-up instructions the first week of August.

Residential restaurants will be ready when students arrive, beginning with breakfast on Thursday, Aug. 13.

CMU understands that some students will not have a place to live until the previously scheduled start of classes. The university's hybrid-flexible, or HyFlex, course model for the fall semester allows students to attend classes through remote access during the first two weeks of the semester in August.

Events and activities

Admissions plans to resume in-person visit options in July with a limit of 1-2 family units per visit. Virtual visits and virtual individual meeting options will continue for those who are more comfortable exploring CMU from home.

To protect the health and safety of participants, a number of changes will be in effect:

  • New student convocation will not take place this year.
  • A one-day Expedition Safari experience will be offered at no cost in place of the multi-day Leadership Safari for incoming students. Dates are Aug. 14, 15 and 16.
  • The IMPACT program, focused on mentorship and making strong campus connections, will take place in small groups during the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 13, and all day Friday, Aug. 14. Participants will move into their residence hall rooms the morning of Aug. 13.
  • Campus Life 101 new student orientation information will be provided in alternative formats.

The health and safety of the university community continues to be CMU's highest priority. Decisions about events and activities during the fall semester will rely on public health guidance about social distancing and other precautions. Planning is underway for homecoming 2020, and details will be shared as soon as possible. Fall semester theatrical and musical productions are expected to be smaller in size and fewer in number. Event schedules conforming to the revised semester calendar will be shared as they become available.

The CMU community fully intends to celebrate fall 2020 graduates at commencement ceremonies. While it will not take place on Dec. 19 as originally scheduled, planning is underway, and details will be shared as soon as they become available.

Student-athletes are students first and protecting their health and safety and ensuring their academic success is top priority. CMU is a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC), which is in turn part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). These two institutions will make the decision about whether fall sports may be held, and CMU will follow their lead.

Due to this fall's compressed schedule, CMU's new two-day fall wellness break will now be implemented beginning in fall 2021.

Study Abroad

Study abroad programs with departure dates prior to Oct. 1 are canceled. Students with questions or concerns regarding study abroad should contact the Office of Global Engagement at studyabr@cmich.edu.

For international students

International students are valued members of the CMU community. The university is working to create options for incoming international students and will share information as it becomes available.

New or continuing international students with questions or concerns regarding their arrival or enrollment for the fall semester should contact the Office of Global Engagement at myoia@cmich.edu.

For faculty and staff

The adjusted semester calendar will not affect staff holiday work schedules. Employees normally scheduled to work between the Thanksgiving and winter breaks will continue to do so.

CMU faculty have a prep week, Aug. 10-14, before the Aug. 17 start of classes. Orientation for new faculty members also begins Aug. 10.

It is likely that they will, but in a virtual format.

Other questions you may have

HyFlex combines face-to-face and online learning options. More information.

CMU will continue to follow public health guidance and expects the spring semester to proceed on schedule. University offices are scheduled to open Monday, Jan. 4. Classes begin Monday, Jan. 11.


If you have further questions not addressed in the Q&A, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at studentaffairs@cmich.edu.