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COVID-19 Update: June 10, 2020

June 10, 2020 (8:07 am) Central Time 

Dear Simpson College Community: 

In my first full week at Simpson College, I have been struck by the devotion and commitment of this campus community. I have been impressed with the work of the Crisis Management Team as they move to ensure a safe return to campus. Below, I have outlined the changes to our academic calendar for next year. The intent with these changes is to ensure we keep our campus safe by minimizing the times when our community disperses and reconvenes.  

Revised Academic Calendar for 2020-2021

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 the college has released the following revised academic calendar for 2020-2021. The revisions reflect the intent of Simpson College to keep our entire campus community safe and healthy, and also ensure that we are adhering to the U.S. Department of Education’s requirements for days of instruction.

All college classes will begin on Monday, August 24. The following dates will now be instructional days:

  • Labor Day (Monday, September 7)
  • Fall Break (Thursday, October 22 & Friday, October 23)

Fall Semester 2020


    24              Continuing & Graduate T1 Classes Begin
    24              Continuing & Graduate Fall Classes Begin
    24              Traditional Classes Begin
    26              All College Convocation
    28              Last Day to Add/Drop


     7               Labor Day-Regular Class Day


     8               Mid-Term
    13              Mid-Term Grades Due
    17              Family Weekend/Homecoming
    17              May 2020 Commencement Reschedule Date
    19              Continuing & Graduate T2 Classes Begin
    28              Last Day to Withdraw


  25-27           Thanksgiving Break
    30              Classes End


   1                 College Reading Day
 2-4                Finals Exam Week
   5                 Christmas Recess Begins
   9                 Fall Full Semester Grades Due
  13                Continuing & Graduate Classes End
TBD              December Commencement

After Thanksgiving break, all instruction and final exams will be virtual/online. The last day of classes will be November 30. Reading Day will now take place on December 1 and the Fall semester will conclude on December 4.

*Please note, due to on-campus housing and meal plans beginning a week earlier, there will be no changes to room and board. In addition to maintaining the number of contracted “board days” on the meal plans, students will not need to check out of rooms or remove their belongings during the semester break.

Residence Life Move-In Details

Residence Life will be sending out details about move-in to students within a few weeks. If you have immediate questions, please contact Luke Behaunek, Dean of Students, luke.behaunek@simpson.edu.

Connect with Us

We continue to maintain and respond to all questions submitted through our dedicated email address. Please email, COVIDResponse@simpson.edu   

Please continue to monitor your emails and check the Simpson College COVID19 webpage for updates.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Simpson College. We are #ONESimpson.

Marsha Kelliher, President