Spring 2021 semester proceeds as planned at state universities

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RAPID CITY, S.D. — On Wednesday, the South Dakota Board of Regents agreed to maintain a spring semester calendar of 77 class days for the six public universities. The academic term will begin Monday, January 11, 2021, and will end Friday, May 7, 2021.

Brian L. Maher, the regents’ Executive and CEO said university and board officials considered adjusting the spring semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there were mixed reactions to the options presented.

“We looked at proposals to adjust the start and end dates of the semester, as well as whether a spring break period was advisable. We weighed public health considerations and consulted with public health experts,” Maher said. “There were pros and cons to all. Absent a clear preference for changing the calendar, we opted to recommend the regents maintain the spring semester schedule as originally adopted.”

Each university will observe official holidays on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 18) and Presidents’ Day (February 15), Spring break will be observed March 8-12, and no classes or course assignments are scheduled for those dates. No classes will be held on Good Friday, which falls on April 2, 2021.

Maher noted that one clear theme emerged in his discussions with student leaders on campus.

“Students wanted their holiday and leave breaks maintained,” said Maher.

While students understood the intent when eliminating three holidays from this fall’s calendar to lessen travel to and from campuses during the pandemic, he said students still missed having those scheduled breaks from academic work.

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