Academics Action Plan
- All academic buildings are marked for physical distancing, including traffic flow and classroom seating.
- Masks are required inside all academic buildings, including classrooms. Faculty are using clear face shields with glass barriers for protection without interference with lecturing.
- Faculty and students are provided access to technology including laptop lending from the library for students, with webcams and iPads provided to faculty.
- New digital learning and instructional technology training is developed for faculty to ensure online courses are engaging for students.
- The use of paper will be reduced significantly with new online forms developed. Faculty and students are encouraged to use touchless submission for assignments.
- Students will continuously be given the opportunity to identify the learning model that works best for them. Some may be comfortable with the social distancing and protective measures enacted on campus and choose to return for face-to-face classes, while others may choose to attend classes via distance learning. In order to accommodate everyone, courses are designed for both face-to-face instruction and livestreaming.
- Students have been asked to indicate how they prefer to attend classes this fall. For most courses, they have the option to choose “streaming” or “face-to-face.” This allowed our faculty to best plan their instruction and anticipate who will attend virtually and who will be present in the classroom.
- Please note that the choice a student makes for each class — face-to-face or streaming — will not necessarily change their course schedule. In most cases, students keep the same instructor and the same class time, and are expected to observe attendance policies and participate in real time with their classmates.