Dear faculty and staff,
I hope you are enjoying the summer – despite the record heat in Austin. I am writing to provide a summary of changes to the academic calendar to assist you with your planning for the 2022-23 academic year.
Last spring, the university approved changes to the academic calendar to create more opportunities for innovation in our curriculum, better support student well-being and success, and help advance our academic mission, while also ensuring compliance with state and federal requirements. Moving forward, we will refer to the long semesters as the Fall and Spring Terms. Two optional terms, called the Winter Term and the May Term, have also been added to the calendar.
Below are a few of the important changes that have been incorporated for the fall:
- Beginning this academic year, classes in the Fall and Spring Terms will begin on Mondays. This fall, classes will begin on Monday, August 22.
Registration for the Spring Term will begin earlier than in the past. For the 2022-23 academic calendar, the course schedule will be published on October 3.
- Fall break for students will be extended to a full week. No classes will be held during the week of Thanksgiving. The university holiday schedule remains unchanged, with Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving being official holidays.
The final exam schedule during the Fall and Spring Terms will be reduced to four days (from the current six days). Faculty will have the option to give two- or three-hour exams.
- Grade submission due dates will be extended from 48 hours to 72 hours after the final exam or after the last day of class for courses without final exams.
- Grade processing will begin on the Thursday after final exams (72 hours after the last final exam period), and conferral of degrees will begin five business days after grades are due.
- Fall 2022 final exam planning will occur 4 to 5 weeks earlier than in the past. Beginning this month, faculty will be asked to report if they plan to offer a final exam in courses this fall. I ask that all faculty members work with their final exam scheduler to identify and confirm final exam plans for the Fall Term in a timely manner.
Academic calendars for the next four years are now available on the Registrar’s website to support advanced planning and better assist with academic needs. If you have any questions about the calendar, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can learn more about the academic calendar changes and view a list of FAQs on the Provost’s Changes to the Academic Calendar webpage.
I am excited about the start of the new academic year and look forward to working with all of you.
Sharon L. Wood
Executive Vice President and Provost