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Carthage and COVID-19

Calendar Modifications

Carthage has modified our fall semester calendar to help minimize risk. We will begin the fall semester one week early, stagger residential students’ arrival to allow for social distancing during move-in, and finish the semester with one week of remote instruction. 

IMPORTANT UPDATE Aug. 26, 2020: Please note that we have adjusted our student arrival and move-in dates, and that the first day of in-person classes will now be on Monday, Sept. 14. All students and parents should have received an email about these changes. The new dates are below.
Read the student email about this change

What’s changing?


  • First-year residential students will now move in over three days instead of one: Friday, Sept. 4; Saturday, Sept. 5; and Sunday, Sept. 6. (Please note new dates) 
  • First-year residential and commuter students will participate in orientation activities on campus Sunday, Aug. 30-Monday, Aug. 31. See the Orientation schedule.  
  • Fall semester classes will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 2.
  • The first eight days of Fall 2020 classes will be remote instruction only.
  • Returning residential, off-campus, and commuter students will return to campus in groups Friday, Sept. 11-Sunday, Sept. 13, to complete check-in and, for residential students, move into their residence halls. (Please note new dates) 
  • The first day of in-person classes will be Monday, Sept. 14. (Please note new date) 
  • There will be no fall break.
  • The last day of in-person classes will be Tuesday, Nov. 24.
  • All classes will resume remotely after Thanksgiving Break, Monday, Nov. 30-Friday, Dec. 4.
  • Final exams will be held remotely Monday, Dec. 7-Wednesday, Dec. 9.
  • All January 2021 study tours have been suspended, though, the dates for J-Term and spring semester have not been modified. Please read our FAQs about J-Term 2021 to learn more

The new Fall 2020 calendar


Aug. 17-28, 2020

Early arrival and move-in for all residential life student staff, transition program student leaders, and international students. These students will receive a more detailed schedule of arrival through email. 

Aug. 28

Arrival and move-in for orientation leaders, first-generation student mentors, international students, and the first group of first-year residential students. All students will receive a more detailed schedule of arrival through email.  

Aug. 30-31

New Student Orientation activities for residential and commuter students. See the New Student Orientation schedule.

Wednesday, Sept. 2

First day of fall semester classes! The first eight days of classes will be online. First-year residential students will participate in classes from their residence hall rooms; commuter students and all returning students will participate in classes from home. This allows us to limit how many students are on campus for that first week, while giving new students time to adjust. 

SEPT. 4-6 * NOTE NEW DATES

First-year residential student arrival continues; first-year commuter student arrival. Students will receive a more detailed schedule of arrival through email. 

Sept. 11-14 * NOTE NEW DATES

Returning residential, off-campus, and commuter students return to campus in groups to complete check-in. Residential students move into their residence halls. See the student arrival and move-in schedule

Sept. 7-11

Remote classes. Due to unforeseen circumstances in Kenosha, we will now have remote classes Sept. 2-11. 

MONDAY, SEPT. 14

First day of in-person classes! Some classes will continue to be online only, due to space needs or faculty health concerns. Students with online classes will be notified, so they can make changes if desired. Remote classes must be synchronous on this day (meaning the class must be held at a scheduled meeting time).

Oct. 14

Reading Day. There will not be a Fall break in Fall 2020. 

Nov. 24

Last day of in-person classes for Fall 2020. Residence halls will close for Thanksgiving break and stay closed until J-Term. Residential students may request extended stay housing to remain on campus. (Common reasons for extended say include athletics, campus employment, extenuating family circumstances, or international students.)

Nov. 25-27

Thanksgiving break.

Nov. 30

Classes resume for one week of remote teaching and learning.

Dec. 7-9

Remote final exams. 

Why is the calendar changing?


All decisions for the fall semester were made to provide our students with the best possible education, while taking important steps to protect the health of our entire campus community.

  • Having residential students move into halls in waves will allow for important social distancing during the move-in process, as well as additional time to reinforce the new health and safety behaviors that will be expected of all community members.
  • Starting the semester with three days of remote instruction allows for the staggered move-in schedule.
  • Ending in-person classes just before Thanksgiving helps Carthage avoid the risk of a large on-campus outbreak triggered by students returning from Thanksgiving break.
  • In-person classes begin on Labor Day and Fall break has been eliminated because outbreaks may also result from long weekends that routinely facilitate four- or five-day absences from campus.
  • All calendar changes were made in accordance with the requirements of our institutional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission.

J-Term and Spring 2021


Given our limited ability to forecast the circumstances that may exist this winter, there are no planned changes to the start of J-Term and Spring 2021 at this time, however, all January 2021 study tours have been suspended. Please read our FAQs to learn more about J-Term modifications

The Operational Scenario Planning Group has recommended consolidating Easter break and Spring break into a single two-week break March 26-April 5. A decision regarding both breaks will be made in late February or early March.  

Additional Questions?


See Frequently Asked Questions