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From the Dean: Housing and Academic Calender Updates

Mark Hoversten

Dear College of Design Community,

The past several days have brought several announcements with changes to both our instruction methods and our students’ living situations. First, Chancellor Woodson announced on August 21 that all undergraduate courses would move to online instruction. On Monday, he announced that students occupying university housing should schedule a time to move out over an 11-day period starting August 27 and concluding September 6.

To accommodate students as they make changes to their living arrangements, the university has implemented a two-day class break for Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1.

Please note the following adjustments to the fall academic calendar as a result:

  • All undergraduate and graduate classes on Monday, Aug. 31, and Tuesday, Sept. 1, are canceled. Those classes will be made up on Monday, Nov. 16, and Tuesday, Nov. 17.
  • The first day of exams will be delayed until Wednesday, Nov. 18.
  • Exams will be conducted over a five-day period, excluding the weekend, and will continue through Tuesday, Nov. 24.
  • Plans for commencement will be announced in the coming weeks.

If you are in university housing and meet the exception criteria stated here, you can request to stay on campus by submitting an exception using this form.

This submission is due by Noon on Friday, August 28.

I would like to reiterate that the faculty, staff, and leadership of the College of Design continue to be here for you during this transition. If you have specific concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your instructors, department heads, and myself.


Mark Elison Hoversten, PhD, FASLA, AICP
Dean, College of Design