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Academic Calendar

Chapter 8 – Regulations for Students

Part II – Procedure for Establishing the Academic Calendar

Part II contains rules and regulations governing procedures for the creation and approval of the academic calendar.

Academic Calendar

8.70.09 The two-year calendar for the fully-online accelerated program shall be developed by the Office of Online Education, in consultation with the Office of Enrollment Services, and submitted to the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee by March 1 of the year preceding the one during which the calendar is to become effective. The Academic Standards and Calendar Committee shall submit the calendar for the fully-online accelerated program for approval to the Faculty Senate by April 1 of the year preceding the one during which the calendar is to become effective. #14-15–08

8.70.10 Preparation. A six-year calendar for fall, winter, and spring semesters shall be maintained. In accordance with sections 8.70.20-8.70.50, the Office of Enrollment Services each fall shall prepare a new sixth-year calendar and submit it to the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee by the end of October. The Academic Standards and Calendar Committee shall submit the calendar to the Faculty Senate by December 1. #01-02–27, #02-03–32#12-13–21

8.70.11 A six-year calendar for the Summer Session shall be maintained. The Office of Enrollment Services in consultation with Summer Sessions, each fall shall prepare a new sixth-year calendar and submit it to the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee by the end of October. The Academic Standards and Calendar Committee shall submit the calendar to the Faculty Senate by December 1. #01-02–27 #16-17-16

8.70.12 Adjustments to a proposed calendar may not be made on the floor of the Senate. Instead, a proposed calendar, along with instructions about possible revisions, must be referred back to the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee. The committee shall resubmit the calendar at the next Senate meeting. #01-02–27

8.70.13 Recommendations regarding rescheduling class days missed within an academic year as the result of natural calamity, work stoppage, etc. shall be the responsibility of the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee, whose proposals will be subject to the approval of the Faculty Senate or, under circumstances requiring expeditious implementation, subject to the approval of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee only after a public hearing on the action scheduled with at least a 48 hour notice.  #05-06–1 #14-15–32

8.70.14 With the exception of circumstances stated in 8.70.13, changes to the calendar shall not be considered within eighteen months prior to the beginning of a semester.  #05-06–1

8.70.20 The Academic Year. The beginning and ending dates of each semester shall be the same for all colleges and schools of the University. Exceptions may be granted to the Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education and to fully-online accelerated programs (which will run on the fully-online accelerated calendar). Requests for exceptions shall be received by the Academic Standards and Calendar Committee no later than October 1 of the preceding academic year. #14-15–08

8.70.21 An Advising Day shall be scheduled prior to the beginning of classes each semester. The fall semester (including final examinations) must end no later than December 23. There shall be a 5-class-day mid-semester break in the spring semester. #01-02–27

8.70.22 One weekday Reading Day is required after the last day of classes; two weekday Reading Days during the examination period are preferred (see 8.51.25). #01-02–27

8.70.23 A minimum of seven days shall be scheduled for final examinations. Saturdays and Sundays may be used as final examination days under extraordinary circumstances. #01-02–27

8.70.24 Whenever possible, there should be a uniform distribution of class days among the five weekdays.

8.70.25 Classes will not be scheduled on the following days:

Labor Day

Thanksgiving Day and the day following

Christmas Day

New Year’s Day

Memorial Day

Independence Day #01-02–27

8.70.30 The Fall Semester. The fall semester (including final examinations) must end no later than December 23. #01-02–27

8.70.40 The Spring Semester. Mid semester break in the spring semester shall be the week immediately following midterm. #01-02–27

8.70.50 The Winter J-Term SessionThe Winter J-term session runs from January 2 through the Friday before spring semester begins, with timetables and meeting schedules to be determined on a course-by-course basis. Travel-based courses may require travel before or after these dates. Grades for J-term courses will be due before the spring semester begins.  #12-13–21#13-14-2

8.71.30 The fall term of the fully-online accelerated calendar shall consist of two seven-week sessions with at least a five-day break between each session. Sessions shall begin on a Tuesday and end on a Monday. If the session begins or ends on a state holiday when URI offices are closed, the session shall start and/or end a day later. #14-15–08

8.71.40 The spring term of the fully-online accelerated calendar shall consist of two seven-week sessions with at least a five-day break between each session. Sessions shall begin on a Tuesday and end on a Monday. If the session begins or ends on a state holiday when URI offices are closed, the session shall start and/or end a day later. #14-15–08

8.71.50 The summer term of the fully-online accelerated calendar shall consist of two seven week sessions with at least a five-day break between each session. The first summer session for the fully-online accelerated calendar shall end on or before June 30. The second summer session for the fully-online accelerated calendar shall begin on or after July 1. Sessions shall begin on a Tuesday and end on a Monday. If the session begins or ends on a state holiday when URI offices are closed, the session shall start and/or end a day later. #14-15–08

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