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Provost announces schedule for spring wellness days

Provost Mary Schutten speaks with students at the "Pizza with a Professional" event on Aug. 20 near Rose Ponds. (Hunter McLaren | Associate Editor)

In an email to the Central Michigan University community, Provost Mary Schutten announced the seven "wellness days" that will replace spring break and "gentle days" for the Spring 2021 semester.

Dates chosen are the following:

  • Thursday, Feb. 4
  • Monday, Feb. 22
  • Wednesday, March 10
  • Tuesday, March 23
  • Friday, April 2
  • Wednesday, April 7
  • Friday, April 30

"These dates are intended to provide time away from homework, class activities and meetings and other stressors, so students and faculty can enjoy a much-needed and well-deserved break," Schutten said.

In addition to announcing the wellness days, the email stated options for students to take due to uncertainty surrounding grades.

Undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to withdraw from one or more fall courses through Dec. 19. Undergraduate students also have until that date to take Credit/No Credit on one or more courses.

"This has been a very challenging year, yet it still can be a successful one," Schutten said. "Students, stay engaged in your classes, participate fully — ask questions and join the discussion. "

In a Sept. 29 email, Schutten announced that students will not receive a spring break during the Spring 2021 semester. Instead, there will be five "wellness days" of no classes throughout the semester.

In addition, classes will be fully online for the first week of the semester, Jan. 11-15. Starting the next week, Jan. 18, courses will shift to meet in person, online or Hy-Flex format. Exam week will be held May 3-7.