Reopening campus

FLC's clocktower in the center of campus on a sunny spring day

We are all very excited to come back together in our Skyhawk community—to bask in the morning light, ringed by foothills and mountains, and stumble into impromptu conversations with our fellow Skyhawks. This spring had an unprecedented impact on our society, and the times remain uncertain. Here’s our plan to safely manage the summer 2020 reopening of campus.

If you are at increased risk for contracting COVID-19, please consult with your doctor or a medical professional regarding your return to working and learning on campus safely.

This plan could change as new information comes to light.

  • Summer reopening plan
  • Adjusted fall schedule
Summer reopening plan

Phase 1

June 29

Faculty and staff involved in studios and academic and co-curricular labs prepare for the first stage of our soft opening on July 6.

  • If you are unable to do your job remotely, you'll return to campus. If you have questions regarding whether this applies to you, please contact your supervisor and HR.
  • Prior to coming to campus, we'll ask you to complete a training and sign a community pledge in support of our collective well-being... details to follow. 
  • Exterior building doors will remain locked. Your individual keys/cards will give you access to your workspace(s). 
  • Admission resumes Campus Visit tours with some adjustments to reduce density.   
  • Community Concert Hall (CCH) opens for live broadcasts without an audience. CCH staff will prepare participants to be on campus.

July 6

Studios and academic and co-curricular labs reopen under new guidance.

  • As student researchers and student employees, you'll be allowed back on campus to assist with essential operations (approved by the appropriate Dean or Associate Vice President). If you work outside, with a lab, or with the Admission office, you'll return in person. 
  • Campbell Childcare Center reopens with limited hours.
  • Campus Vehicles are available for use, with adjusted protocols established by Campus Health Team.
  • The north door of Sitter Family Hall and Kroeger Hall will be locked/unlocked M-F. All other doors on campus remain locked. 
  • Vendors begin to return to campus to service vending machines, plants, ATMs, etc., coordinated through their campus contact. Vendors will be issued campus expectations and given access to training materials. 

Phase 2

July 13

Additional staff are allowed to come back to prepare for Phase 2 of our soft opening on July 27.

  • At this point we'll open campus to more staff and faculty with the goal that no more than 30% of employees return to campus. We'll use staggered shifts and working from home to accomplish this. 
  • We'll open more buildings (details to follow).
  • Pending guidance and approval, we'll begin summer camps on July 12.     

July 27

Campus initiates the next stage of our soft opening: 50% of employees on campus, and student services open.

  • We'll open campus to more staff and faculty with the goal that no more than 50% of employees return to campus. We'll use  staggered shifts and working from home to accomplish this.
  • As student employees, the department you work in will decide when to bring back student positions.
Student Services
  • Student services (Skyhawk Station, Admission, etc.) will be open during normal business hours.

Phase 3

August 3 – Campus officially opens

  • If you can continue to work from home, please continue to do so to decrease campus density. You'll be asked to coordinate your work schedule with your team and supervisor. We'll continue to use staggered shifts on campus and remote work to manage density.

August 16

  • Staggered move in to Campus Housing from August 16-23
  • Jumpstart starts August 16
  • Peak Experiences start August 19
  • Orientation is August 23

August 24 – First day of classes!

Adjusted fall schedule

Adjusted Fall 2020 schedule

This new schedule reduces risk by compressing Orientation into a single day, minimizing exposure during Fall Break, and changing to an online final exam format. Classes will start one week earlier.



  • August 16-23, Staggered move-in to campus housing
  • August 23, New Student Orientation
  • August 23, Last day to withdraw with no academic financial penalty (other fees may still apply)
  • August 24, Classes begin (one week earlier than originally scheduled)


  • September 8, Census date


  • October 16, Midterm grades due from faculty by 3 p.m.
  • October 26, Spring and Summer registration begins for continuing students


  • November 23, Spring and Summer registration begins for new students
  • November 25, Last day of classes (online instructional day)
  • November 26-27, Fall Break 
  • November 30, Course Review Day


  • December 1-4, Final exams online 
  • December 5, Residence halls close
  • December 7, Final grades due from faculty by 3 p.m.
  • Date TBD, Commencement

Spring 2021 dates are pending due to the uncertainty of the virus: View Spring 2021 tentative calendar