Classes for Fall 2020

Academic Schedule

  • In-person instruction for all schools will begin Monday, August 24.
  • Labor Day will be an instructional day for undergraduate students.
  • Fall break is eliminated.
  • Final exams will begin Wednesday, December 2, and will be administered online or through other alternate means.

In most cases, students should plan to return home from Thanksgiving until the start of the spring semester in January. Resident students with special needs (including some athletes) may request a waiver to remain on campus after the end of classes, but should not plan to travel outside the Salem area at Thanksgiving.

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College of Arts & Science

Move-in will be by appointment, to manage crowding. New undergraduate students will move in either August 18 or August 19, depending on the assigned advising group. Students will be informed of their move-in day in early July, and will then sign up for a specific time. Other residential students will be asked to register for a move-in time on either August 22 or August 23.

Opening Days Schedule (first-year students)

Wednesday: August 19, 2020
4–5:30 p.m. College Colloquium Class 1
Thursday: August 20, 2020
8:45–10:15 a.m. Colloquium Associate Led Workshop
10:30 a.m. –12 p.m. Convocation
12–1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30–3 p.m. College Colloquium Class 2
Friday: August 21, 2020
8–10 a.m. Colloquium Associate Led Study Session
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. College Colloquium Class 3
12–1 p.m. Lunch with Colloquium Associate and Campus Partner

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College of Law

Orientation for first-year students is scheduled for Monday, August 17, through Wednesday, August 19, and will include a mix of online and in-person activities.

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Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Compass Week orientation goes from Monday, August 17 through Friday, August 21 and will be in-person with an option to participate remotely. The required International Orientation for international students will be held on Friday, August 14. International students should connect with the Office of International Education to participate remotely.

The MBA for Professionals fall semester will begin on August 31.

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Claremont School of Theology

Hybrid classes start on Monday, August 24, and in-person classes begin on Tuesday, September 1.

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Remote Students

Classrooms will be equipped with technology to make it possible for remote students to actively engage with the classes on campus. Seminar classrooms with fifteen or fewer students will be equipped with a Meeting Owl camera, microphone, and speaker, which will automatically zoom in and focus on the person speaking, as well as an Elmo document camera that can be used to display the whiteboard or any document or object placed beneath it. Large classrooms will have a Yamaha tabletop microphone and speaker, which will pick up voices anywhere in the room and an AVer 520 camera placed towards the back of the room to capture the professor and whiteboard. For CAS classrooms, there will also be an Elmo document camera at the front of the room to show either the faces of students in the room, the whiteboard, or a document or object placed beneath it.

Remote students will be connected to the classroom via Zoom video conferencing. Their faces will be visible to those in the classroom via the room projection system, and their voices will be heard through the speakers. The Zoom sessions will be accessible only to registered students in the class, and the privacy of the sessions will be controlled by our WISE learning management system.


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