Spring 2020: Academic Calendar and Resources

In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), BW has extended remote instruction for the remainder of spring semester through May 8, 2020.

Changes to the Spring 2020 Academic Calendar

  • March 16-20: BW extended spring break for all students to allow faculty and staff to finalize preparation for remote instruction.
  • March 23 - May 8: Classes are being held via remote instruction. Students should refer to Blackboard for instructions from their faculty. Information regarding changes in specialized instruction such as laboratory, art or musical instruction will be provided before remote instruction begins.
  • March 25 is now the last day to add spring 2020 minimester-B sections.
  • April 9 is now the last day to drop spring 2020 full-semester sections.
  • April 10 remains a BW holiday in observance of Good Friday.
  • April 13 is now a full instruction day.
  • April 17 is now the last day to declare the credit-to-audit option.
  • April 30, previously Ovation Day of Excellence, is now a day of instruction.
  • May 1 is now the last day to declare the pass/fail option. View details and instructions >
  • May 4-8: Final exams will be May 4-8 as originally scheduled.

Registration for Fall 2020 Classes

March 23: Registration for fall 2020 classes begins as scheduled. Students should refer to their Student Planning tool> Plan & Schedule module, for their priority registration date and time. All students have been released to register for fall classes by their advisors.

Summer Classes

All 2020 summer courses will be offered remotely.

Academic Resources

Technology Assistance

IT HelpDesk is ready to assist students and faculty during the remote instruction period. View remote learning guide and go to help.bw.edu for additional support resources.


Student access to online books: The BW Bookstore has partnered with our digital course materials platform, VitalSource, to launch VitalSource Helps, a program offering free access to eTextbooks for students who may have lost access to course materials with the rapid move to remote course delivery. If a student previously accessed textbooks via the library, shared a book with a classmate, or left their books on campus, visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com to access free eTextbooks through May 25. Students can access free materials, and they must use their @bw.edu email address to log in or create an account.

Store hours: Visit campusstores.bw.edu for current store hours.

Academic Support Services

The Learning Center, Reading Center, and Writing Center have shifted all academic support services online through the end of the semester. All students have been contacted with information on how to access these programs and services. View details on MyBW >

Accessible Education

The Office of Accessible Education (OAE) is working with faculty to maintain equitable access to courses for students with documented disabilities. View details on MyBW >

BW Libraries

Access to BW libraries for the remainder of spring semester:

  • Ritter Library is open via tap access to BW students, faculty and staff on Monday-Friday, noon - 5 p.m. Only the lobby and main floor of the library are open. The basement stacks and top-floor offices are closed. Library staff are available to assist and can be accessed remotely. Ebook, streaming media, and database access is still available at libguides.bw.edu/library. Ritter Library has ceased the lending of physical items from our collection. Any materials currently on loan are due on May 31, 2020 and should NOT be returned at this time.
  • Jones Music Library is open by appointment only to BW students, faculty and staff. For access, contact Paul Cary, Conservatory Librarian, at pcary@bw.edu.
  • Riemenschneider Bach Institute is open by appointment only to BW students, faculty and staff. For access, contact Paul Cary, Conservatory Librarian, at pcary@bw.edu.