A message from the Provost Banner

May 18, 2020


TO:  UNCG Faculty

RE:   Update to Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

After careful consideration and input from faculty senate and other groups, a decision has been made to alter the Fall academic calendar.  Specifically, we will eliminate Fall Break and Reading Day so that the last class day will fall prior to Thanksgiving break.  Final examinations will be conducted after Thanksgiving break and must be virtual.  The University Teaching Learning Commons (UTLC) will provide workshops in the coming months focused on various options for virtual final examinations/assessments.  I urge you to consider one of these workshops.  Please note that if virtual examinations are synchronous, they will need to be administered in accordance with the timeslots in the final examination schedule.  In rare instances where a virtual examination is not possible (e.g., clinical assessments) academic deans will submit requests to the Provost’s office for an exception.

We believe that eliminating Fall break and reading day to finish earlier is desirable in this uncertain environment.  The new Fall 2020 Academic Calendar, Parts of Term, and Final Examination Schedule follow.

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

August 10–14, Mon.–Fri. Orientation, advising, and registration for all students based on student population and classification
August 10, Monday Fall semester opens
August 11, Tuesday UNCG Annual Kickoff
August 17, Monday Convocation Day
August 18, Tuesday Classes begin, 8:00 a.m.
August 18, Tuesday Financial aid satisfactory academic progress appeals deadline
August 18–24, Tues.–Mon. Late registration and schedule adjustment
August 24, Monday Last day to change course(s) or course section(s) for the Standard Term
August 24, Monday Hours locked for financial aid purposes.
August 24, Monday Last day to withdraw from a course for tuition and fees refund; course withdrawal policy in effect after this date.
August 25, Tuesday Deadline for graduate students to apply to graduate in December
August 31, Monday Census reporting
September 7, Monday Labor Day holiday. Classes dismissed; offices closed.
October 1, Thursday Opening day for the financial aid priority filing period for the 2021–22 academic year; FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Aid) available.
October 5, Monday Founders Day
October 9, Friday Deadline for undergraduates to apply to graduate in December
October 9, Friday Last day to withdraw from a course without incurring a WF grade (withdraw failing)
Oct. 14–Nov. 17, Wed.–Tues. Spring semester and summer session advising for continuing students, by appointment
October 23, Friday Final date for December doctoral candidates’ oral examinations
Oct. 26–Nov. 17, Mon.–Tues. Spring and Summer registration for continuing students
November 1, Sunday Deadline for undergraduates to apply to student teach during Fall 2021
November 6, Friday Deadline for filing dissertation and original signature pages with the Graduate School
November 16, Monday Deadline for filing thesis with the Graduate School
November 24, Tuesday University follows Monday schedule; last day of classes; instruction ends for Thanksgiving holiday, 10:00 p.m.
Nov. 30–Dec. 5, Mon.–Sat. Final examinations*
December 1, Tuesday Financial aid priority filing period ends for 2021–22 academic year.
December 3, Thursday Final date for complete clearance of December graduate degree candidates.
December 3, Thursday Deadline for final submission of thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School.
December 10, Thursday December Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
December 11, Friday December Commencement, Greensboro Coliseum
*Final examinations must be virtual.  If the final examination is a synchronous virtual assessment, the exam schedule time slots must be followed.
Approved by the Faculty Senate May 4, 2016. Approved by the Chancellor May 13, 2016. Amended September 8, 2016. Revised May 15, 2020.


Fall 2020 Parts of Term

Part of Term Start Date Last Day to Drop/Add Begin W Last day to withdraw w/out academic penalty Begin WF End Date Last Day of Exams Grades Due

5 P.M.

POT 1 Standard 15 weeks 18-Aug-20 24-Aug-20 25-Aug-20 09-Oct-20 10-Oct-20 24-Nov-20 05-Dec-20 14-Dec-20
POT A First Half (7.5 weeks, 37 days) 18-Aug-20 24-Aug-20 25-Aug-20 15-Sept-20 16-Sept-20 08-Oct-20 08-Oct-20 12-Oct-20
POT B Second Half (7.5 weeks, 37 days)* 09-Oct-20 15-Oct-20 16-Oct-20 04-Nov-20 05-Nov-20 03-Dec-20 03-Dec-20 11-Dec-20
POT L Interlink I 17-Aug-20 N/A N/A N/A N/A 16-Oct-20 N/A N/A
POT M Interlink II 19-Oct-20 N/A N/A N/A N/A TBD N/A N/A


Final examinations for POT 1 & POT B must be virtual.  If the final examination is a synchronous virtual assessment, the exam schedule must be followed.

*After November 24, POT B will hold courses via a virtual format

Fall 2020 Final Examination Schedule

  • In accordance with Faculty Senate action, all course syllabi must include specific final exam information.
  • There is no scheduled Reading Day for the Fall 2020 term.
  • Final examinations must be virtual. If the final examination is a synchronous virtual assessment, the exam schedule time slots must be followed.
  • Fall 2020 Exam Period: Monday, November 3 – Saturday, December 5, 2020
Class Meeting Time Exam Date Exam Time
Common Exams for all students taking MAT 112, 115, 120, 150, 151, 191; STA 108 Wednesday, December 2

8:00–11:00 A.M.

8:00 MWF Friday, December 4 8:00–11:00 A.M.
9:00 MWF Monday, November 30 8:00–11:00 A.M.
10:00 MWF Wednesday, December 2 12 Noon–3:00 P.M.
11:00 MWF Monday, November 30 12 Noon–3:00 P.M.
12:00 MWF Friday, December 4 12 Noon–3:00 P.M.
1:00 MWF Wednesday, December 2 3:30–6:30 P.M.
2:00 MWF or MW Monday, November 30 3:30–6:30 P.M.
3:00 MWF or 3:30 MW Friday, December 4 3:30–6:30 P.M.
4:00 or 5:00 MWF or MW Friday, December 4 7:00–10:00 P.M.
5:30, 6:00, or 6:30 MWF or MW Monday, November 30 7:00–10:00 P.M.
7:00 or 7:30 MW Wednesday, December 2 7:00–10:00 P.M.
8:00 TR Tuesday, December 1 8:00–11:00 A.M.
9:30 TR Thursday, December 3 8:00–11:00 A.M.
11:00 TR Tuesday, December 1 12 Noon–3:00 P.M.
12:00, 12:30, or 1:00 TR Thursday, December 3 12 Noon–3:00 P.M.
2:00 TR Saturday, December 5 3:30–6:30 P.M.
3:30 TR Thursday, December 3 3:30–6:30 P.M.
4:00 or 5:00 TR Tuesday, December 1 3:30–6:30 P.M.
5:30, 6:00, or 6:30 TR Tuesday, December 1 7:00–10:00 P.M.
7:00 or 7:30 TR Thursday, December 3 7:00–10:00 P.M.
Exam Times for Other Meeting Periods

Classes that meet outside of the standard meeting time structure may experience difficulty scheduling final exams, and reserving classrooms for those exams.

Courses meeting one hour or two hours per week will follow the examination schedule for the MWF or TR sequence.
Evening classes (beginning at 5:00 P.M. and later) that meet once each week in three-hour blocks will have the examination during exam week at 7:00 P.M. on the first regular class day. For example, if your class normally meets on Tuesdays from 5:00 to 7:50, your exam will be held on Tuesday, December 1, at 7:00 P.M. Instructors: Please check to make sure a classroom is available.
Courses meeting in the three-hour block scheduled from 2:00 to 4:50 will follow the appropriate sequence on MWF or TR. Note that this schedule structure may cause classroom conflicts on exam day.
Classes meeting on Saturday morning only will have the exam on Saturday, December 5, from 8:00 to 11:00 A.M.
The lecture period of a laboratory course will determine the examination time.
Kinesiology (KIN) activity courses will follow the above examination schedule.
If you have any questions about the examination period for a course meeting time not listed, please contact the University Registrar’s Office at 334-3728 or via e-mail at registrar@uncg.edu.


Students with more than two examinations within 24 hours may apply to the University Registrar’s Office, 180 Mossman Building, for permission to change their exam schedules. The usual policy is to change the middle examination in a sequence of three. Requests must be filed by 5:00 P.M., November 24, 2020.