UofSC eliminates spring break for 2021 citing COVID-19 concerns

Caslen said the tuition freeze is part of an effort to make UofSC accessible to more students.
Caslen said the tuition freeze is part of an effort to make UofSC accessible to more students.(UofSC)
Updated: Oct. 22, 2020 at 5:12 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The University of South Carolina has revised its spring schedule and eliminated a traditional spring break, officials announced Thursday.

Instead of a week-long break in March, the school has scheduled four days off throughout the semester, calling them “wellness days.”

The main reason for this change was an effort to keep students from traveling on spring break vacations, where they may be more likely to catch and spread COVID-19.

Officials say the move is supported by science and “allows for students and instructors to get breaks while curbing the type of extended travel that leads to increased viral spread.”

“We have all had to adapt during the pandemic, but the dedication of our faculty and students to our core mission of teaching and learning remains strong,” said UofSC Provost William Tate. “These changes will ensure we can offer students the rigorous, engaged education they have come to expect while further mitigating the threat COVID-19 continues to pose to communities around the globe.”

Here’s the full spring semester schedule:

  • Classes Begin -- Jan 11, Monday
  • Martin Luther King Day Holiday -- Jan 18, Monday
  • Last day to change/drop a course without a grade of W being recorded (Part of Term 30) -- Jan 19, Tuesday
  • Presidents Day Holiday -- Feb 15, Monday
  • Wellness Holiday -- Feb 25, Thursday
  • Wellness Holiday -- March 12, Friday
  • Last day to apply for May graduation -- Feb 15, Monday
  • Last day to drop a course or withdraw without a grade of WF being recorded (Part of Term 30) -- March 27, Saturday
  • Wellness Holiday -- March 30, Tuesday
  • Wellness Holiday -- April 21, Wednesday
  • Last Day of Classes -- April 26, Monday
  • Reading Day -- April 27, Tuesday
  • Final Examinations (including exams on Saturday) -- April 28 to May 5, Wed to Wed
  • Commencement Exercises in Columbia -- May 7 to 8, Friday to Saturday

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