Cazenovia College is revising its academic calendar to move the return of students to campus and the start of classes later into the spring semester, beginning them on Monday, February 1, 2021. This applies to all undergraduate students studying at the Cazenovia College campus and extended sites, including in-person and online courses.

President Ron Chesbrough said the decision to postpone opening for two additional weeks is a precautionary action to avoid the spread of COVID-19 from the holidays and a step to help advance in-person, on-campus instruction. The College had previously considered a January 19, 2021 date for the start of classes.

“We want to provide students, faculty, staff, and the College community with the safest conditions nationally and avoid a possible surge after holiday gatherings. The College’s strict safety protocols for the fall term allowed us to successfully complete a full 14 weeks of in-person on-campus instruction. This is another effort toward achieving the same level of success for the spring term and keeping our community safe through our ‘Caz Strong’ pledge and actions,” Chesbrough said.

Additional changes to the Spring 2021 academic calendar include:

  • Commencement weekend is now scheduled for Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 (subject to health and safety guidance at the time)
  • In lieu of spring break, three wellness days with no classes scheduled will be included in the spring semester to provide students and staff with some downtime for study, rest, and relaxation.

In addition, students, faculty, and staff will be required to test for COVID-19 and to have negative test results before their return to campus. Students returning to campus from out of state will have additional quarantine and testing requirements to fulfill. Students and staff also are required to have flu vaccinations.

The College will continue stringent protocols put in place at the start of the fall semester. They include mask wearing at all times, physical distancing, limited social gatherings, bi-weekly testing and contact tracing, as well as other safety measures developed in concert with Madison County, New York State and Centers for Disease Control recommendations.

Additional information about the return to campus is available at: