Spring 2021 Information for Students

This page contains student-specific information about the spring 2021 semester. For information on our spring COVID-19 testing program and the health protocols that apply to all university members, visit the Health Protocols tab.


Prior to arriving or returning to campus this spring, all students must do the following to maximize our campus community’s safety from the coronavirus:

    • Quarantine for 10 days at home. This includes refraining from non-essential trips to local businesses and restaurants and non-essential group gatherings and events. In addition to quarantine, please be sure to stay six feet from others outside your household and always wear a mask in public spaces, both indoors and outdoors.
    • Get a flu shot. If you did not get a flu shot in the fall or winter, schedule an appointment with Campus Health Services to get one. All students are required to get a flu shot. If you received a flu shot with an off-campus provider, if you will not be coming to campus at all, or if you are seeking an exemption, complete this waiver form.
    • Read the Spring 2021 Student Acknowledgement. By coming to campus this spring, you acknowledge that you are aware of UofL's health protocols and expectations, along with your individual responsibilities as outlined in the Spring 2021 Student Acknowledgement.
    • Review the university’s health and safety protocols. Important details about UofL’s response to the pandemic are organized on this website. Be sure to read the health and safety protocolsmask requirement, FAQs and campus procedures.


The following dates apply to all undergraduate and most graduate programs. Please note, professional schools and some graduate programs have their own calendars. For more specific calendars and registration information, click here.

Key dates for the spring 2021 semester:

    • Jan. 11: Classes start
    • Jan. 15: Last day to drop/add *
    • Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (holiday)
    • Mar. 4 and 5: Spring Break
    • Mar. 22: Last day to withdraw
    • Apr. 21: End of classes
    • Apr. 22: Reading day
    • Apr. 23-29: Final examinations**

*This is also the deadline to contact professors about accommodations to take a hybrid course online.

**Final assessments and exams will follow the modality announced in the course syllabus.

Spring Commencement is currently planned to occur May 8, 2021. This may change, however, if the university needs to follow new guidance in response to the pandemic at that time.


Spring semester classes for undergraduate and most graduate students will begin Monday, Jan. 11 in a hybrid course format.

Hybrid course delivery combines traditional in-person instructional activities with some online learning activities. It also allows faculty to divide students into smaller groups for in-person learning to gain greater physical distancing in the classroom.

Although we are planning to be on campus through April 21, if the university must suddenly discontinue all on-campus instruction in order to respond to new guidance and information about the pandemic, the hybrid model allows both faculty and students to transition quickly to online learning. Hybrid courses allow faculty to provide continuity of instruction if a faculty member gets ill. Similarly, hybrid courses allow students to maintain continuity of learning if they become ill for several days or must isolate due to COVID-19 exposure.

The following training modules are available to assist students with online learning:


These are the types of courses that are available this year for registration:

HY – Hybrid (25-75% of course is taught in person with remaining taught online. Attendance of in-person classes may be required by the instructor.)

RT – Remote (100% instruction with synchronous sessions available at the time and days designated in the schedule)

DE – Distance Ed (100% digital instruction with no designated meeting times except possibly for exams)

The university’s accrediting body, SACSCOC, suggests that for every contact hour, students should expect to spend two additional hours outside of class learning the material, working on projects or assessments.

The delivery method (hybrid or online) for each course is being finalized. If you are registered for a class that is changing delivery method (e.g., moving from hybrid to online only) you will be notified of the change in case you’d like to adjust your schedule.

Students who wish to take a fully online course schedule for spring should:

  1. Look for DE or RT sections of courses.
  2. If those sections are not available, students should speak with their advisor.
  3. Lastly, students must let faculty of hybrid courses know before the last day to add/drop (Jan.15) if they have a need to take a hybrid course fully online.

Please note: faculty may choose to allow students to complete some hybrid courses fully online, but not all courses may be available in an online-only format.  If an arrangement cannot be agreed on, students should consult with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate studies in their unit of enrollment.

International students living in and traveling to the United States are able to maintain their active immigration status with the university’s hybrid model. International students are allowed to take more than one course or three credit hours online for a semester, however, it is recommended that not all of the registered courses be online.

Contact International Student and Scholar Services at isss@louisville.edu with any questions or concerns.


Attendance expectations for in-person and hybrid courses:

  • Students who feel unsafe attending in-person classes are encouraged to sign up for distance ed and remote courses whenever possible. See the Registering for Classes section on this page for more details.
  • Online options for making up work will be available when students are following health guidance to stay home when they have symptoms, when they have been contacted and told that they have been exposed, or when they are isolating due to a positive test. 
  • Students enrolled in a hybrid class have until Jan. 15 to request online accommodations. Outside of the accommodation request period, public health exigencies and other university-excused absences, faculty may establish expectations for attendance for the in-person portions of in-person and hybrid courses according to their own pedagogical principles.


Graduate students should review the detailed guidelines for graduate students, which outlines UofL’s commitment to supporting funded graduate students under our COVID-19 response for the fall.

Graduate students should plan on continuing their research, creative activity and service or teaching duties through the end of the semester in accordance with the university’s safe return to work policies and following the Office of Research and Innovation’s protocols for reducing COVID-19 exposure in the research environment. 


For specific information such as housing application forms, housing waiver forms and more, visit the Campus Housing website. Campus Housing is taking multiple actions to maintain a healthy residence hall environment.

For questions on residential hall safety, resident health, resident isolation procedures and more, read the FAQs for Students.

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Full time students, whether hybrid or all online, who live in university resident halls and campus apartments will have a meal plan for the spring 2021 semester. Commuter students that are on the hybrid program with 9 credits or more will have a meal plan.

University dining venues will continue providing carry-out options and minimal dine-in seating will be arranged to foster physical distancing. All locations will have plexiglass counter shields and all dining staff will be wearing face coverings and gloves.

Visit the Dining Services website for specific information on meal plans, loading flex points, dining locations, hours and more. 

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Events, meetings and study groups should be virtual when possible or when a space is not large enough to observe physical distancing of six feet, in addition to wearing a mask or face covering. This protocol does not affect in-person classes.

Gatherings of any kind on campus must follow all health and safety protocols, and organizers are responsible for arranging spaces to keep attendees six feet apart and reminding attendees they must wear a mask or face covering.  Remember:

  • Before scheduling an event, meeting, study group or gathering, review the COVID-19 Guidelines for Student Events and Meetings and complete the Student Events and Meetings during COVID-19 Form.
  • Social gatherings should not include more than 10 people, following the guidance from the governor and CDC. Large gatherings of students are not permitted and may be in violation of the Code of Student Conduct. 
  • Events, meetings, activities and social gatherings that do not abide by the protocols are subject to disciplinary action.

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