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Spring 2021 Plan


A Summary of CC's Spring 2021 Plan

  • All students currently living on campus may remain on campus, along with specifically identified groups of students.
  • For J Block, students enrolled in in-person or hybrid courses have been given priority for move-in and COVID-19 testing.
  • All students are encouraged to enroll in spring classes of any format. The three-year residency requirement was eliminated for this academic year, so students not included in groups invited to live on-campus may live off-campus, and will have access to campus buildings and classes after they successfully complete testing; an online module on virus protocols; and a spring living survey.
  • There will be no Spring Break, in order to reduce the risk of massive outbreaks and quarantines. There will be a regular block break between Blocks 6-7. View the revised academic calendar.

We want to responsibly bring as many of our students as possible to live on or near campus for the second half of the academic year, experiencing a full, distinctive CC liberal arts education. To achieve that, our leadership team, Scientific Advisory Group, and COVID response teams, working with public health partners and national medical experts, have based decisions on science, logistical calculations, and measured, intentional protocols. They have been modeling density, capacity, testing capabilities, and processes to develop a plan that will enable us to house more students on campus.

Through this extensive research and consultation, we have concluded that we can accommodate more students on campus this spring while carefully spacing rooms to maintain low density. This — in conjunction with rigorous testing and adherence to virus-mitigation protocols — can be successful if we all do our part. 

Because of this dedicated work and our campus community's enthusiastic cooperation to work together for the safety of all, we are pleased to share our plan for the Spring Semester. 

Starting in January:

  • All students currently living on campus may remain on campus.
  • In addition, the following groups of students may live on campus:
    • Seniors who have housing assignments
    • First-year students who were sent home at the end of Block 1
    • First-year and new transfer students who chose to take classes remotely this fall
    • New winter-start students
    • New transfer students
    • New Fall Semester-away students
    • Any remaining NCAA student-athletes not already on or near campus
    • International students (starting with Block 5)

Our intent is to allow seniors to finish their last year at CC, and to allow new students and international students to become better established in their first year.

Detailed move-in information for the Spring 2021 semester is now available. 

For J Block, students enrolled in in-person or hybrid courses will be given priority for move-in and COVID-19 testing. This will allow for campus density to initially be reduced and provide time for testing and other campus access clearance processes to be completed before Block 5.

All students are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to arriving on campus. Students in the above groups will be part of testing pools, and in order to retain campus access, must complete an online module on virus protocols, and a spring living survey.

Students already living near campus in non-campus assigned housing should continue their current housing arrangement. Sophomores and juniors may live off campus, and will receive priority for housing during the summer for Blocks A, B, and C.

Academic calendar changes:

In order to reduce the risk of a major virus outbreak that would be more likely if students travel broadly for several days and then return to campus, we will not have Spring Break as usual this year; it will be shortened to a regular block break with block-break risk-mitigation protocols in place as described in our COVID-19 Risk Index. After obtaining input from faculty, staff, students, and our national medical advisors, it was determined that the risk of a major virus outbreak and large quarantines outweigh the benefits of a lengthy Spring Break. Many other colleges are taking this action for the same reason.

This change also affects the dates for J Block, which will now be a full 18-day block, and shifts the dates for Blocks 5 and 6. The dates for Blocks 7 and 8 are unchanged. See the revised academic calendar

Commencement dates for the classes of 2020 and 2021 have not changed. However, because state public health guidelines do not allow large gatherings due to the risk of spreading the virus, the likelihood of holding traditional, in-person ceremonies is slim. We will share our decisions on Commencement ceremonies in March. We appreciate your patience.

The college follows state and county public health requirements and guidelines, and we continually monitor Coronavirus case levels in the area. It's important to remember that if cases of the virus increase dramatically, the college will adhere to state and county rulings that may further limit gatherings, travel, and other activities. 

We know that the changes this year in response to the virus do cause hardship for students and families. For a list of ways students may access support for such needs as internet access, technology, software, and food or housing security, among other challenges, please see our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund information.

See our updated Frequently Asked Questions. As always, if you have further questions, email


2020-21 Academic Calendar


Last updated: 01/25/2021

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