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Full 2018-2019 Academic Calendar

University sanctioned absences

University sanctioned absences are absences in which the instructor will provide an opportunity to make up missed substantial class work or activities (e.g. assignments, exams) and will not penalize students for those absences. University sanctioned absences include religious observances, mandatory military obligation, mandatory court appearances, and participation in university activities at the request of university authorities. Instructors are expected to be flexible in allowing student to make up work missed due to university sanctioned absences.

Other events may justify an excused absence at the discretion of the instructor or program.

Military obligation

WVU supports its students who are also members of the United States armed forces, reserve units, and National Guard. Absences of less than three weeks of course work for military obligation (i.e. drill or training) are university sanctioned absences. WVU’s Center for Veteran, Military and Family Programs has additional information on the drill schedule for the West Virginia National Guard and can provide official verification of student’s military orders upon request.

For university sanctioned absences resulting from military obligation totaling more than three weeks of course work resulting from military obligation, see WVU’s Military Leave policy in the WVU Catalog.

University closure
University closure constitutes university sanctioned absence from all face-to-face courses. During university closure, instructors in classes for whom their campus is closed should not expect students to turn in assignments. For assignments that are due in a course whose campus is closed, the deadline must be pushed back until the next day that the University is open or the next time the particular class is in session.

West Virginia University's institutional attendance policy may be found in the WVU Catalog .

Days of special concern

West Virginia University’s diverse student body includes students from a wide variety of faith communities. Religious holidays from different faith traditions occasionally fall on regular class days or scheduled exam days throughout the year.

Faculty are encouraged to respect the religious observances of our students of all faiths and denominations.

WVU's student organizations have recognized the following holy days as the most important to their respective religions:

  • Yom Kippur
  • Rosh Hashanah
  • Eid al-Adha
  • Eid al-Fitr

When a scheduled class or lab session falls on an observed religious holiday, this may mean excusing students from attending class and accepting make-up work.

Students are responsible for requesting accommodation for their absence in advance and for making up any missed work. Students should submit requests for excused absences for religious observations to their instructors a minimum of two weeks in advance of the absence. It is preferred that students submit their requested absences for religious observances to their instructors at the beginning of the semester.

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Office of Global Affairs, and the Provost's Office are available as resources to support Instructors review of religious holiday accommodation requests.

The following website may be helpful in identifying the high holy days of various religions:

·         The Interfaith Calendar

Faculty members who have questions or concerns about the academic calendar should send an email to Shirley Robinson in the Provost's Office.

Fall Semester 2018

    • Friday, August 10—New Student Orientation
    • Monday, August 13—General Registration
  • First Week of Instruction (Aug 15 - 21)
    • Wednesday, August 15—On Campus First Day of Classes
    • Tuesday, August 21—Last day to Register, Add New Courses, Make Section Changes, Change Pass/Fail and Audit
  • Second Week of Instruction (Aug 22 - 28)
  • Third Week of Instruction (Aug 29 - Sept 4)
    • Monday, September 3—Labor Day Recess: University Closed
  • Fourth Week of Instruction (Sept 5 - Sept 11)
  • Fifth Week of Instruction (Sept 12 - Sept 18)
  • Sixth Week of Instruction (Sept 19 - Sept 25)
  • Seventh Week of Instruction (Sept 26 - Oct 2)
  • Eighth Week of Instruction (Oct 3 - Oct 9)
    • Thursday, October 4 by noon—Mid-Semester Reports Due
  • Ninth Week of Instruction (Oct 10 - Oct 16)
    • Friday, October 12—Fall Break
    • Friday, October 12—Textbook Selection Deadline (for Spring 2019)
  • Tenth Week of Instruction (Oct 17 - October 23)
    • Tuesday, October 23—Last Day to Drop a Class
  • Eleventh Week of Instruction (Oct 24 - Oct 30)
  • Twelfth Week of Instruction (Oct 31 - Nov 6)
    • Tuesday, November 6—General Election (no classes)
  • Thirteenth Week of Instruction (Nov 7 - Nov 13)
  • Fourteenth Week of Instruction (Nov 14 - Nov 27)
    • Saturday, November 17 thru Sunday, November 25—Fall Recess
  • Fifteenth Week of Instruction (Nov 28 - Dec 4)
  • Sixteenth Week of Instruction (Dec 5 - Dec 7)
    • Wednesday, December 5—Last Day to Withdraw from the University
    • Thursday, December 6—Last Day of Classes
    • Friday, December 7—Prep Day for Finals
  • Final Exam Week (Dec 10 - Dec 14)
    • Saturday, December 15—Commencement
    • Saturday, December 15—Winter Recess Begins

    Spring Semester 2019

      • Thursday, January 3—New Student Orientation
      • Friday, January 4—General Registration
    • First Week of Instruction (Jan 7 - Jan 11)
      • Monday, January 7—On Campus First day of Classes
      • Friday, January 11—Last day to Register, Add New Courses, Make Section Changes, Change Credit Hours, Change Pass/Fail and Audit
    • Second Week of Instruction (Jan 14 - Jan 18)
    • Third Week of Instruction (Jan 21 - Jan 25)
      • Monday, January 21—Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Recess: University Closed
    • Fourth Week of Instruction (Jan 28 - Feb 1)
    • Fifth Week of Instruction (Feb 4 - Feb 8)
    • Sixth Week of Instruction (Feb 11 - Feb 15)
    • Seventh Week of Instruction (Feb 18 - Feb 22)
    • Eighth Week of Instruction (Feb 25 - March 1)
      • Friday, March 1 by noon—Mid-Semester Reports Due
    • Ninth Week of Instruction (March 4 - March 8)
      • Saturday, March 9 through Sunday, March 17—Spring Recess
    • Tenth Week of Instruction (March 18 - March 22)
      • Friday, March 22—Last Day to Drop a Class
    • Eleventh Week of Instruction (March 25 - March 29)
    • Twelfth Week of Instruction (April 1 - April 5)
    • Thirteenth Week of Instruction (April 8 - April 12)
    • Fourteenth Week of Instruction (April 15 - April 19)
      • Friday, April 19—Spring Holiday: University Closed
    • Fifteenth Week of Instruction (April 22 - April 26)
      • Thursday, April 25—Last Day to Withdraw from the University
      • Friday, April 26—Last day of Classes
    • Final Exam Week (April 29 - May 3)
      • Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 10, May 11 and May 12—Commencement
      • Saturday, May 11—Alumni Day

    Summer 2019

    • Monday, May 13—Registration
    • Monday, May 13—On-Campus First Day of Classes
    • Monday, May 27—Memorial Day Recess: University Closed
    • Saturday, June 15 - Eid al-Fitr, Muslim Holy Day
    • Friday, June 21—Final Exam for First Six-Week Session
    • Thursday, July 4—Independence Day Recess: University Closed
    • Friday, August 2—Final Exam for Second Six-Week Session and 12-Week Session
    • Friday, August 9—Degree Conferring Date (No Ceremonies)

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