2.10 Calendar

Revised to 5/13

MIT Academic Calendar

2.11

Fall term shall begin on the Wednesday after Labor Day, followed by: fourteen calendar weeks for classes ending on Wednesday plus a four-day reading period (thirteen calendar weeks ending on Thursday plus a three-day reading period when Labor Day is September 6th or 7th); a five-day period reserved for final examinations (a four-day period plus one examination period on Friday afternoon during Reading Period in the year Labor Day is September 5th); a two-week Winter vacation; and a four-week period set aside for academic and independent activities (ending on Friday). Spring term classes shall begin on the following Tuesday (the first Tuesday in February), followed by: fourteen calendar weeks for classes (ending on Thursday), interposed with a one-week Spring vacation after the seventh week of classes; a three-day reading period; and a five-day period reserved for final examinations. The last classes in all full-term subjects shall be held no later than the day preceding the reading period in each term. The day preceding the first day of classes of each term shall be set aside for registration activities. Commencement shall be held on the second Friday following the spring term examination period.

Half-term subjects held in the first half of the fall term (H1) shall begin on the Wednesday after Labor Day followed by seven calendar weeks for classes ending on Friday. The last week of H1 shall serve as the Half-Term Final Examination Period. No class or exam in an H1 subject shall be held later than the last day of the H1 term. Half-term subjects held in the second half of the fall term (H2) shall begin on Monday of the eighth week of the semester followed by: seven calendar weeks for classes ending on Wednesday plus a four-day reading period (six calendar weeks for classes ending on Thursday plus a three-day reading period when Labor Day is September 6th or 7th); a five-day period reserved for final examinations (a four-day period plus one examination period on Friday afternoon during Reading Period in the year Labor Day is September 5th). No class in an H2 subject shall be held during or after the reading period of H2. Half-term subjects held in the first half of the spring term (H3) shall begin on the first Tuesday in February followed by seven calendar weeks for classes ending on Friday. The last week of H3 shall serve as the Half-Term Final Examination Period. No class or exam in an H3 subject shall be held later than the last day of the H3 term. Half-term subjects held in the second half of the spring term (H4) shall begin on Monday of the eighth week of the semester following the one-week Spring vacation. This will be followed by: seven calendar weeks for classes (ending on Thursday); a three-day reading period; and a five-day period reserved for final examinations. No class in an H4 subject shall be held during or after the reading period of the H4 term.

Classes shall be suspended during the following additional vacation periods: Fall - a Friday in September on or after the 15th (except when Labor Day is September 6th or 7th) to be determined annually by the Registrar in consultation with the Faculty Policy Committee; Columbus Day (with the Tuesday after this holiday following the Monday schedule of classes when Labor Day is September 7th); the day following Columbus Day (except when Labor Day is September 1st, 6th, or 7th); Veterans Day; the day preceding Veterans Day when Labor Day is September 1st; Thanksgiving Day and the day following. January - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Spring - Presidents Day (with the Tuesday after this holiday following the Monday schedule of classes); Patriots Day and the day following.

2.12

Exercises shall, in general, be held between 9 A.M. and 5 P.M. Monday through Friday. Exercises shall begin five minutes after and end five minutes before the scheduled hour or half-hour.

For undergraduate subjects taught on campus during the instructional period of the fall and spring terms, there shall be no required academic exercises between 5 P.M. and 7 P.M. Monday through Thursday and between 5 P.M. Friday and 8 A.M. Monday. This same restriction also applies to undergraduate subjects taught during the Independent Activities Period. Requests for exceptions shall be referred to the Chair of the Faculty, who will direct them to the appropriate committee. Exceptions shall be granted for no more than five years.