Florida State University has announced that its 2021 spring break will be canceled, and the spring semester will end earlier than planned. Florida A&M University will also cancel their spring break and use the same calendar for the spring semester as FSU because of the joint operation of the FAMU-FSU college of engineering.
The announcement was made by Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Sally McRorie. It stated that the spring semester will begin on Jan. 6, 2021, and the first three days of all classes will take place remotely. Since spring break will be canceled, the semester will end one week earlier than planned on April 23, 2021. Exam week will be April 19 through April 13.
These changes come after FSU has seen a number of large gatherings and received criticism for lack of adherence to mask and social distancing guidelines at football games.
By canceling spring break, the university aims to control the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of COVID-19 positive students returning to campus after traveling during spring break.
Other Florida universities, including the University of Florida, the University of Miami and Florida International University also canceled their spring breaks for 2021.