College Archived Updates

Final Exams Delayed

A message from Deans Boyer and Ellison

Dear Students in the College:

As expressed since the onset of COVID-19, the health and safety of students is a paramount priority of the University of Chicago. In learning yesterday that a University community member tested positive, the College recommends – in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – all undergraduate students who have not yet left campus for Spring Break, and who can return home, should do so as soon as feasible.

Recognizing that this may cause logistical difficulties and other challenges, the University of Chicago is delaying final exams for the Winter Quarter. All departments will move online exams from Thursday and Friday of this week (March 19-20) to next Tuesday and Wednesday (March 24-25). In addition, all faculty have been asked to be flexible in the setting of final deadlines for the submissions of papers and course projects.

Over the next days, your instructors will directly communicate the specific timing of rescheduled exams. Should you have questions beforehand, please contact your academic adviser.

We know the impact of COVID-19 has been challenging, and the work of leaving campus quickly will add to the stress and disappointment already felt by many in our College community. We remain committed to supporting you through this period of transition and thank you for your cooperation.

John W. Boyer
Dean of the College
The University of Chicago 

Jay Ellison, PhD
Dean of Students in the College
The University of Chicago