Spring semester calendar revised, start of classes pushed back

Posted: September 3, 2020

We will be starting the spring semester two weeks later than usual and taking a number of other steps to limit the risk of COVID-19 to the Gannon community.

Classes will resume at our Erie and Ruskin campuses on Jan. 25 instead of Jan. 10, as previously planned. In addition:

As with finishing the fall semester early, the intent behind the later start is to minimize our time on campus during typical flu season and to avoid potential increased COVID-19 incidence around the holidays.

We are hoping to reduce risk further by limiting the challenges associated with travel during the semester by shortening or eliminating breaks and shifting Alternative Break Service Trips and other trips to immediately after classes end.

We will observe the Holy Day on Good Friday by ending classes at 12:30 p.m. Typically, we would be off Thursday, Friday and the following Monday for Easter break, but we have shortened this given the safety needs of campus. For staff and faculty, these paid days off will be made up elsewhere in the year.

Unresolved at this point is the status of our athletic seasons. We are anticipating many students returning to campus in late December to prepare for contests beginning in late-January and February. We will provide updates as we learn more from the NCAA and PSAC.

We will announce the return-to-campus COVID-19 testing plan for both campuses later in this semester as details become more definitive.

We understand these essential changes may create additional difficulties for some of our community members, but we greatly appreciate the incredible flexibility each of you are showing and we will continue to work with you to make this a successful year.

Given what we know right now about COVID-19, we believe it is prudent to plan an alternative structure for the spring semester that limits risk and offers the best chance of continuing face-to-face instruction. We are confident that with everyone’s continued patience and commitment to protecting each other we will be a stronger and healthier community.


Gannon Online Winter-Mester (6 weeks)

Gannon Online Spring Schedule