Updated August 2020

University of the Arts will begin the 2020–2021 academic year with a fully remote fall semester. All courses will begin on Monday, Aug. 31. 

Academic Calendar Adjustments

  • In light of a fully remote semester, we will revert back to our original academic calendar.
    • All courses will begin on Monday, Aug. 31.
    • The semester will conclude on Dec. 18.
    • Thanksgiving break will be observed from Wednesday, Nov. 25, to Friday, Nov. 27. 

Residential Students & Meal Plans

  • In efforts to reduce the spread of COVID, University housing will remain closed for the fall semester. No students will be permitted to reside on campus. Any student who has already paid for housing for the fall semester will be issued a full refund. As campus will be closed to all students for the fall semester, dining facilities will not be in service. Any student who has paid for a meal plan for the fall semester will receive a refund. 

Looking ahead, please know our planning continues. Updates will be made frequently and we encourage all students, faculty and staff to check their email regularly and bookmark uarts.edu/fall2020.

Residence Life and Community Standards — Fall 2020
The Office of Residence Life and Community Standards (RLCS) will be working remote for fall 2020. The RLCS staff will respond to questions and send out information via the department email account, reslife@uarts.edu. This fall, RLCS will be focusing efforts to educate and respond to students on the Student Code of Conduct, and policies and procedures within the Student Handbook. 

The Remote Healthy Promise will be incorporated into the role and responsibility of the campus community. A monthly newsletter will be sent to all students on community, policy and campus resources. As we prepare for the possibility of a spring opening, housing assignments will be communicated to all students still deposited for housing in mid-November. Students who would like to live on campus for spring but have not deposited will need to apply by emailing reslife@uarts.edu. If you have any questions or concerns about students behavior or possible policy violations, please do not hesitate to contact our office. 

FAQ & Important Information 

What are some off-campus housing resources?
Please check out a website that we have partnered with: Off-Campus Housing tool.  This and other housing websites can help you see what is available in the city, as well as other areas around the country. 

Who can I speak to if I’m facing housing insecurity?
Unfortunately, there is no temporary housing on campus during remote learning. Please email studentaffairs@uarts.edu about your concerns if you do not have anywhere to go. We know that this is a stressful time for students, and housing and residential staff are available to support you through this transition with compassion. 

When does the Resident Assistant and Community Assistant selection process for 2021—2022 begin?
An email to all students will be sent in the first week of November with information on the Resident Assistant and Community Assistant application and selection process for 2021—2022.  

When is housing selection for 2021—2022?
The housing selection process for 2021—2022 will begin at the start of the spring 2020 semester. Information for the housing selection process will be emailed to all students in late January 2021.

Still have questions?
Housing and Residence Life staff are available to support all students through this transition. 
Email reslife@uarts.edu.
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