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Spring 2021 Guidelines

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Last Updated: Nov. 9, 2020

Spring 2021 Calendar

The spring trimester will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 19 and end on Friday, April 30. Specific dates to note include: 

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed on Jan. 18 with no classes held and administrative offices closed.
  • Patriots’ Day will be observed on April 19 with no classes held and administrative offices closed.
  • In addition to Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Patriots’ Day, three additional days with no classes will be incorporated into the academic calendar. These days will be non-consecutive and the specific dates will be determined with the input of various student groups. More details will be shared at the start of the spring trimester. Student Programs & Engagement will work closely with student groups to plan engaging programming for these additional days off. Administrative offices will remain open on these days.
  • Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 1. As previously announced, it is our intention to hold this event in-person subject to health guidance and state limitations on event occupancy. Therefore, given the uncertainty, we continue to encourage graduates and their families to make tentative, refundable arrangements for Commencement 2021.
  • Senior Week is an important Bentley tradition. We are working on options for safely holding a Senior Week this year, including the possibility of using the days immediately following Commencement. The Senior Class Cabinet is working on various proposals and we are supporting their efforts.
Ease-In Period

Similar to the start of the fall trimester, there will be a two-week easing-in period to allow for two rounds of screening tests. After this easing-in period, in-person classes and other services will reopen to those enrolled in the testing protocol.

Health and Safety Protocols

At this time, we anticipate the following COVID-19 protocols will apply to the spring trimester:

  • Face coverings and physical distancing will be required.
  • In-person gatherings where responsible distancing cannot be observed will be strictly prohibited.
  • Weekly COVID-19 screening test appointments will continue to be required for all on-campus students, commuting students, faculty and staff.
Move-In Dates

Move-in dates will be communicated the first week of December. Students will return starting Jan. 15 with assigned move-in and screen testing times. Any questions on the move-in process can be directed to  

Housing Waitlist Application

If you were originally planning to live on campus for the fall 2020 trimester and had a housing assignment but are not a current resident in housing, you may apply for the housing waitlist. To gain a better understanding of what the demands on the housing system will be in the spring, the Residential Center will open a housing waitlist application from Tuesday, Nov. 10 to Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 4:00 p.m. EST. Students living off campus who would like to return to housing for the spring trimester must fill out the housing waitlist application, which can be found by logging into your Housing Portal, selecting Forms & Applications at the top of the page, then selecting Housing Waitlist Application. At the close of the housing waitlist application period, a review of overall campus occupancy for the spring trimester will take place. Bentley continues to review the evolving public health guidelines and will make any necessary adjustments to the housing system as needed. We cannot guarantee that housing will be available to students not currently assigned to a residence hall. Please know that, if at all possible and within the parameters that public health guidelines dictate, every effort will be made to accommodate your requests. Students will receive a response to their applications on a rolling basis beginning in December/January.