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Last Updated: Dec. 15 at 9:15am

Changes to Spring Semester Academic Calendar

As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our community safe and reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, WSU is making the following adjustments to the Spring Academic Calendar.

Spring semester classes will begin as scheduled Jan. 11.

Instead of a week-long Spring Break in March, we will schedule three non-class Break Days and Finals Week will be moved up one week to April 26-29.

Non-class Break Days are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 10
  • Tuesday, March 9
  • Wednesday, March 31

There may be exceptions for graduate level courses, clinicals, field experiences, internships, and practicums. These will be arranged by individual colleges.

The official spring semester will conclude as scheduled on Commencement Day—May 7, 2021.

Ongoing Practices

View the WSU COVID-19 Dashboard for the latest reporting about positive cases within the WSU community.

There will be no students dropped from classes due to not paying their bill per the usual payment deadline. Students will be able continue their Fall 2020 courses.

The WSU campus is closed to the public. Students, faculty and staff can access campus buildings using their WSU ID cards during open hours.

The WSU-Rochester/RCTC campus has modified hours and access points. See updates on RCTC's response to COVID-19 for info on campus facilities and services.

To help guide our planning for safely reopening our campuses, we have developed a Back-To-Campus Preparedness Plan (PDF). This plan was updated on August 18.

Faculty and staff who wish to return to work on campus must first get approval from their supervisors and get required safety training.

For previous updates, see WSU Campus Messages on COVID-19.

Reported COVID-19 Cases & Campus Safety Levels

Learn more about campus safety levels.

Reported Cases

View the full COVID-19 Dashboard of reported cases of COVID-19 within the WSU community.

Please note:

  • Some individuals testing positive may not have been physically present on the WSU campuses in Winona or Rochester
  • There may be other cases that we have not been informed of
  • These numbers are preliminary and are subject to change

WSU has a quarantine and isolation protocol in place. We are closely tracking all reports and are working with those who may have been in contact with individuals reporting positive cases.

Please consider self-reporting if you receive a positive test result to help us keep our community safe.

Please continue to physically distance, wear a mask and wash your hands. It's up to each of us to do our part, and we are in this together.

Current Safety Level: Orange

We are continuing the safety measures of wearing masks, completing a daily screening, physical distancing and limiting the people on campus.

In addition, orange status triggers the decision to possibly begin:

  • Suspending additional in-person activities
  • Shifting to remote-only operations
  • Cancelling all extracurricular activities
  • Scaling back in-person student support services
  • Cancelling specific class sections or campus events
  • Taking additional actions as recommended by MDH guidance

Mask Requirements

WSU has issued a campus-wide mask requirement, effective July 13.

The City of Rochester has issued a citywide mask requirement, effective July 8.

The City of Winona has issued a citywide mask requirement, effective July 10.

We urge community members to continue to abide by CDC-recommended guidelines and protective measures, including the use of cloth face coverings, physical distancing and washing of hands.