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Academic Calendar General Guidelines

STK, excluding Pharmacy (5/09)

Lead Coordinator: University Registrar

External Support/Contacts: Administrative units - Bursar, Student Life, International Programs, Financial Aid.

Project Summary: Academic Council voted to adopt a new academic calendar format on 5/14/2009. It will be effective Fall 2010. The guidelines for developing future academic calendars based on the new format follow below:

General Guidelines for Establishing an Academic Calendar

The campus attempts to satisfy the following requirements:

  • Must have at least 750 instructional minutes per course unit (Carnegie Definition)
  • Should attain a 15 calendar week semester (not including finals or Spring Break))
  • Maintains 75-minute (MWF) or 105 minute (TR) instruction time within 90-minute (MWF) or 120-minute (TR) scheduling blocks
  • Schedule five days for final examinations

University holidays are:

  • Third Monday in January (Martin Luther King holiday)
  • Third Monday in February (President's Day)
  • Spring Break (after 8th week of Spring classes)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September)
  • Thanksgiving Holiday (Wed. - Friday)
  • Seasonal Holidays - campus closure in December and January.

If any of the above holidays fall on a Saturday or Sunday, equivalent holidays must be designated on weekdays (typically a Friday, if holiday falls on Saturday; or Monday if holiday falls on Sunday). If in doubt, University Registrar will check with Human Resources regarding the holiday calendar.

Campus is closed during winter holidays, beginning Christmas Eve and ending a day or two into the New Year. Human Resources determines seasonal holidays.

Fall Semester

  • Generally begins on Monday, the week before the Labor Day holiday. Occasionally it will begin two Mondays before, depending upon the preceding Spring and Summer semesters.
  • Fall semester shall run 15 weeks, not including Finals week.
  • Fall classes will begin at 8:00 AM on the first day. Since most services are now electronic, there is no need for a later start time.
  • The first Friday in October will be designated as Fall Student Break. Students and faculty are free from classes. However, this counts as a work day for staff.
  • Thanksgiving break shall be Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Staff work on Wednesday. Classes resume the following Monday.
  • Fall classes end on a Friday.
  • Fall finals run five consecutive (M-F) days, and follow the schedule created by the Office of the Registrar.
  • Final grades are submitted electronically, and are due 96 hours after the last stated final listed on the Final Exam Schedule.

Spring Semester/Commencement

  • The starting point for scheduling Spring semester is Commencement: Stockton Campus Commencement shall be scheduled for the first weekend in May.
  • Begins on the first or second Monday in January, contingent on Commencement.
  • Spring semester shall run 15 weeks (excluding Spring Break), not including Finals week.
  • Martin Luther King holiday is observed on a Monday and the campus is closed.
  • Presidents Day (Lincoln and Washington) is observed on a Monday and the campus is closed.
  • Spring Break is scheduled for the middle of the semester (9th week) and runs five days (Monday - Friday). Classes resume the following Monday.
  • Pacific Day shall be a Friday Holiday scheduled approximately half-way between Spring Break and Commencement. It may or may not coincide with Earth Day. Students and faculty are free from classes. However, this counts as a work day for staff.
  • Spring Classes end on a Wednesday (inclusive). The Thursday immediately following is a designated study day.
  • Spring Final Exams shall run from Friday through Thursday (excluding Saturday and Sunday).
  • Final grades are submitted electronically, and are due 96 hours after the last stated final listed on the Final Exam Schedule.
  • The Friday immediately preceding Commencement Saturday is designated for Commencement and Housing preparation.
  • Commencement (Stockton) is the first Saturday in May.

SUMMER Session

  • Summer Session will be 16 weeks, including three five-week instructional sessions and a week free of instruction. This week is designated for Housing to prepare for Fall semester.
  • Summer Session begins the Monday following Stockton Commencement.
  • The final Orientation session for Freshmen and Transfer students will take place the week prior to the start of the Fall semester.