Post-Thanksgiving and Finals FAQs


  • The Mines campus will remain fully operational through commencement and the end of exams on Dec. 18. This decision was shared with the Mines community on Oct. 16. That message is available here.
  • All classes and labs will be delivered remotely beginning November 30. All exams will also be delivered remotely (Dec. 11-12, 14-16).
  • Student services, residence halls, dining establishments and classroom buildings will remain open and operating as normal, although some adjustments may occur post-Thanksgiving based on demand.
  • All students living on campus will continue required COVID-19 testing, and those living off campus can be tested through Mines’ free on-campus testing program.
  • Mines will begin its Spring 2021 semester as scheduled on January 12. We are working on a schedule that increases the percentage of classes with in-person experiences (about 70% in Fall 2020) with emphasis on upper division courses.
  • Priority registration for Spring 2021 will take place as planned, Nov. 16-20.
  • University travel by faculty and staff will still not be permitted, except for travel paid through a research contract or by an external source. Any exceptions must be approved by the provost or a vice president, and follow CDC guidelines.


What spaces will be open for me to study, finish my classes and prepare for exams?

Arthur Lakes Library, all Mines academic buildings and classrooms, and more will remain fully open and operational through the end of exams on Dec. 16. Students will be free to use classrooms to meet and study with classmates while adhering to posted safety guidance (masks required, social distancing in place, etc.).

Can my professors or TAs host in-person classes or study sessions after Thanksgiving if they so choose?

No. No in-person instruction or office hours will occur after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Will the spring semester resume as posted on the academic calendar?

Yes. Mines will begin the Spring semester Jan. 12. Due to COVID-19, we are considering alternatives to the schedule that may eliminate the full-week Spring Break, and distribute break days throughout the semester.  [NOTE: This response has been changed since it first appeared in this FAQ. A final decision on Spring Break has not been made. We are still in the process of gathering input from faculty and students.]

Student Life

What services and facilities will be open after Thanksgiving?

Mines will be fully open and operational following the Thanksgiving holiday. The Student Recreation Center, Student Center and other offices and facilities will all be open, as will all academic buildings, classrooms and common areas. All academic support services will be open as they are now.

Will Mines’ NCAA DII athletic teams be practicing after Thanksgiving?

Some teams will continue workouts and practices following the holiday. Additional plans for specific sports activities and competitions will be communicated by the athletic department when available.

Residence Life

Will Mines Market and other food service establishments remain open?

Yes. Mines Market will continue to deliver three meals per day until the end of the fall semester. Starbucks and other venues in the Student Center will also remain operational, although hours may be adjusted after Thanksgiving based on demand.

When do I have to move out of my residence hall?

Residents in Mines’ traditional halls and Maple, Spruce, Elm and Weaver who elect not to return for the final weeks of the semester will check out of their rooms for the semester prior to leaving for the holiday.

All residents in Mines’ traditional halls and Maple, Spruce, Elm, and Weaver who elect to stay after Thanksgiving will check out of their rooms no later than 24 hours after their last exam.

Residence Life will distribute additional information to residents regarding when they can return to their rooms for the spring semester.


Will I be required to participate in Mines’ on-campus testing program if I return after Thanksgiving?

All students living in Mines housing will continue required COVID-19 testing.

Students living off campus can be tested through Mines’ free on-campus testing program.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will continue to have to isolate on campus for 10 days after testing positive. Close contacts of positive cases must quarantine for 14 days.


Will there be a commencement ceremony on campus in December?

Mines is planning for multiple scenarios for the December commencement ceremony. If conditions and local guidance allows, we hope to host a hybrid commencement ceremony in December that includes an outdoor, in-person component. 

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