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Spring 2021 Academics & Student Life

Our commitment to academic excellence is as important as ever. As you prepare for the spring 2021 semester, please review the information below to learn more about important semester dates and milestones, student life details and more.

 

Important Spring Semester Dates

As you review the important semester milestones below, please note the following details and review the Academic Calendar for additional dates:

  • Phase 1 — January 11 and January 25 Start Dates
    Eligible students in Phase 1 include:

    • Clinical nursing students, speech pathology students
    • Athletes
    • Note: The January 11 start date marks the beginning of select online programs and some courses, and the January 25 start date marks the official start to the semester, with any available in-person courses for the spring 2021 semester beginning on January 25.

    The following applies to Phase 1 students:

Phase 1 Student Type On-campus Housing In-person Classes Remote Classes Required In-person Chapels Optional In-person Chapel(s)
Clinical nursing students, speech pathology students Yes Yes No No Yes
Athletes Yes No Yes No Yes
  • Phase 2 — February 15 Start Date
    Eligible students in Phase 2 include:

    • Students in enrolled in eligible courses (i.e. CMA, sciences)
    • International students
    • Note: The student groups for this phase are based on the categories of students being educated for jobs comprising the “essential workforce” as delineated by the State of California, and whose courses, based on the learning outcomes of those courses, cannot be taught without access to specialized equipment or campus facilities (e.g., labs, studios, etc.) will be able to return to campus.

    The following applies to Phase 2 students:

Phase 2 Student Type On-campus Housing In-person Classes Remote Classes Required In-person Chapels Optional In-person Chapel(s)
Students in enrolled in eligible courses (i.e. CMA, sciences) Yes Yes Yes No Yes
International students Yes No Yes No Yes
  • Phase 3 — March 1 Start Date
    Eligible students in Phase 3 include:

    • Student does not have any other feasible housing alternative (e.g. student lives further than 25 miles from campus) AND is committed to attending one in-person chapel each week. Additional information is available in this announcement.

    The following applies to Phase 3 students:

Phase 3 Student Type On-campus Housing In-person Classes Remote Classes Required In-person Chapels Optional In-person Chapel(s)
Student does not have any other feasible housing alternative (e.g. student lives further than 25 miles from campus) AND is committed to attending one in-person chapel each week Yes, if do not have any other feasible housing alternative (e.g. student lives further than 25 miles from campus) No Yes Yes No

  • Five wellness days will replace spring break
    There will be no spring break in order to minimize the risk of the virus spreading due to extended travel. However, we know it’s important for our students to have time off for mental health and wellness during the semester so we have created five wellness days to replace spring break. All students (except for online students) will observe February 8, March 2-3, April 22-23 as the five wellness days in which no class assignment will be due and classes will be cancelled. In addition, Biola will be closed for Good Friday on April 2.

 

Instructional Model for Spring 2021

All students will be welcomed back to campus in phases. Here’s what that means for your classes:

  1. Option to stay remote
    We will work to accommodate students who prefer to take their spring semester courses remotely.

  2. How will classes be delivered?
    For students returning to campus, they may experience that some of their classes will be in-person and some delivered virtually. This will depend on state guidance and county orders on classroom occupancy levels as well as faculty teaching decisions and other relevant factors.

  3. Remote class delivery
    During the spring 2021 semester, students may be taking a combination of on-campus and remote, synchronous classes. Students taking remote, synchronous classes must remain on the regular class schedule to support classroom participation.