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Full 2019-2020 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; this does not include students in clinical rotations. During university closure, instructors in classes for whom their campus is closed should not expect students to turn in assignments in person. For assignments that are due in a course whose campus is closed and for which the learning management system or other electronic methods of submission have not been established as regular methods to submit assignments, 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 2019

    • Friday, August 16—New Student Orientation
    • Monday, August 19—General Registration
  • First Week of Instruction (Aug 15 - 27)
    • Wednesday, August 21—On Campus First Day of Classes
    • Tuesday, August 27—Last day to Register, Add New Courses, Make Section Changes, Change Pass/Fail and Audit
  • Second Week of Instruction (Aug 28 - Sept 3)
    • Monday, September 2—Labor Day Recess: University Closed
  • Third Week of Instruction (Sept 4 - Sept 10)
  • Fourth Week of Instruction (Sept 11 - Sept 17)
  • Fifth Week of Instruction (Sept 18 - Sept 24)
  • Sixth Week of Instruction (Sept 25 - Oct 1)
  • Seventh Week of Instruction (Oct 2 - Oct 8)
  • Eighth Week of Instruction (Oct 9 - Oct 15)
    • Thursday, October 10 by noon—Mid-Semester Reports Due
    • Thursday, October 10 thru Sunday, October 13 - Fall Break
    • Friday, October 11—Textbook Selection Deadline (for Spring 2019)
  • Ninth Week of Instruction (Oct 16 - Oct 22)
  • Tenth Week of Instruction (Oct 23 - October 29)
  • Eleventh Week of Instruction (Oct 30 - Nov 5)
  • Twelfth Week of Instruction (Nov 6 - Nov 12)
  • Thirteenth Week of Instruction (Nov 13 - Nov 19)
    • Tuesday, November 19 - Last Day to Drop a Class and Last Day to Withdraw from the University
  • Fourteenth Week of Instruction (Nov 20 - Nov 26)
    • Saturday, November 23 thru Sunday, December 1—Fall Recess
  • Fifteenth Week of Instruction (Nov 27 - Dec 3)
    • Saturday, November 23 thru Sunday, December 1—Fall Recess
  • Sixteenth Week of Instruction (Dec 4 - Dec 13)
    • Thursday, December 12 - Last Day of Classes
    • Friday, December 13—Prep Day for Finals
  • Final Exam Week (Dec 16 - Dec 20)
    • Saturday, December 21—Commencement
    • Saturday, December 21—Winter Recess Begins

    Spring Semester 2020

      • Thursday, January 9—New Student Orientation
      • Friday, January 10—General Registration
    • First Week of Instruction (Jan 7 - Jan 11)
      • Monday, January 13—On Campus First day of Classes
      • Friday, January 17—Last day to Register, Add New Courses, Make Section Changes, Change Credit Hours, Change Pass/Fail and Audit
    • Second Week of Instruction (Jan 20 - Jan 24)
      • Monday, January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Recess University Closed
    • Third Week of Instruction (Jan 27 - Jan 31)
    • Fourth Week of Instruction (Feb 3 - Feb 7)
    • Fifth Week of Instruction (Feb 10 - Feb 8)
    • Sixth Week of Instruction (Feb 17 - Feb 21)
    • Seventh Week of Instruction (Feb 24 - Feb 28)
    • Eighth Week of Instruction (Mar 2- March 6)
      • Friday, March 6 by noon—Mid-Semester Reports Due
    • Ninth Week of Instruction (March 9 - March 13)
    • Tenth Week of Instruction (March 16 - March 20)
      • Saturday, March 14 thru Sunday, March 22 - Spring Break
    • Eleventh Week of Instruction (March 23 - March 27)
    • Twelfth Week of Instruction (Mar 30 - Apr 3)
    • Thirteenth Week of Instruction (April 6 - April 10)
      • Friday, April 10—Spring Holiday: University Closed
    • Fourteenth Week of Instruction (April 13 - April 17)
      • Friday, April 17—Last Day to Drop a Class and Last Day to Withdraw from the University
    • Fifteenth Week of Instruction (April 20 - April 24)
    • Sixteenth Week of Instruction (Apr 27 - May 31)
      • Friday, May 1 - Last Day of Classes
    • Final Exam Week (May 4 - May 8)
      • Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 15, May 16 and May 17—Commencement
      • Saturday, May 16—Alumni Day

    Summer 2019

    • Monday, May 18 – Registration
    • Monday, May 18 – On-Campus First Day of Classes
    • Sunday, May 24 - Eid al-Fitr, Muslim Holy Day
    • Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day Recess: University Closed
    • Friday, June 19 – Final Exam for First Six-Week Session
    • Friday, July 3 – Independence Day Recess: University Closed
    • Friday, July 31 - Eid al-Adha, Muslim Holy Day
    • Friday, August 7 – Final Exam for Second Six-Week Session and 12-Week Session
    • Friday, August 14 – Degree Conferring Date (No Ceremonies)
    • Saturday, September 19 - Rosh Hashana
    • Friday, September 28 - Yom Kippur

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