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Rules and Procedures of the Faculty of Princeton University and Other Provisions of Concern to the Faculty

Last printed June 1994; Last updated February 2015

CHAPTER I: THE CALENDAR

Effective 2014-15

FALL TERM
 

1. The Fall Term begins on the Wednesday between September 10 and 16 and continues until Spring Term begins.
2. The Fall Term includes a midterm recess of nine days, a Thanksgiving recess of five days, a Winter recess of seventeen to twenty-four days, a reading period of nine days, an examination period of eleven days, and a semester break of eight days.
3. The Fall Term recess begins after the conclusion of the last class exercise on the Friday of the sixth full week of the term.
4. The Thanksgiving recess begins at the conclusion of the last class exercise on the Tuesday preceding Thanksgiving and ends on the following Sunday.
5. The Winter recess begins after the conclusion of the last class exercise on the Friday between December 12 and 18, and ends on the Sunday between January 1 and 7.
6. The Fall reading period begins on the Monday between January 2 and 8 and continues until the beginning of final examinations on the Wednesday between January 11 and 17. Examinations end on the Saturday between January 21 and 27. Semester break begins after the last examination and lasts for eight days.
 

SPRING TERM

1. The Spring Term begins on the Monday between January 30 and February 5 and continues until Commencement Day.
2. The Spring Term includes a midterm recess of nine days, a reading period of nine days, and an examination period of eleven days.
3. Spring Term recess begins after the conclusion of the last class exercise on the Friday of the sixth week of the term.
4. The Spring Term reading period begins on the Monday between May 1 (April 30 in a leap year) and May 7 and continues until the beginning of examinations on the Wednesday between May 10 (May 9 in a leap year) and May 16. Examinations end on the Saturday between May 20 (May 19 in a leap year) and May 26.
 

GENERAL

1. Commencement Day is the Tuesday between May 30 (May 29 in a leap year) end June 5.
2. On years when conflicts with religious holy days arise, the Faculty Committee on Classrooms and Schedule may have to make modifications in the calendar.