Academics and Student Success

Planning for several modes of instruction

Our primary goal in preparing classes for the fall is to enhance safety for students, faculty and staff. We’re evaluating risk based on the number of students, room size and nature of the course. We will have fewer students in a classroom and on campus at the same time.

To accomplish that:

  • Sections may be moved to larger classrooms.
  • A section may be split between two classrooms with the faculty member in one classroom with students and appearing via Zoom in the second classroom.
  • Blended courses may mean classroom instruction on one day and Zoom/internet instruction on the alternate day.
  • Classes are spread more evenly across the day and evening to make better use of space and increase the space available for students in a classroom or lab.
  • GEP 101 sections will now be in the first block with blended instruction.
  • Larger classes will have assigned seating with attendance taken to maximize social distancing and so efficient and effective tracking can be done should a student test positive.

Faculty have also developed contingency plans for all seated classes that will allow each class to continue if it must convert to remote delivery during the semester.

Continuing studies during isolation/quarantine

Each faculty member is aware of the need to accommodate students who may be required to isolate or quarantine during the semester. Faculty have developed contingency plans for how they can assist students during those periods. These may include the adjustment of timelines, modification of assignments, and selective use of alternative delivery strategies to help the student stay engaged to the extent possible.

When the nature of the course or the student’s condition does not allow for completion of the course, the university has existing policies for issuing an incomplete grade, withdrawing from classes and offering refunds.

Academic advising

Academic advisors will utilize a variety of tools to build relationships and have frequent contact with advisees.

Since many advising office spaces are not configured to allow for adequate social distancing, most face-to-face interaction will continue to occur via Zoom. If a student requests an in-person appointment, an alternate space will be utilized that allows for social distancing.

Students enrolled in the texting platform will receive communication from their advisor via text, while those who need to hold phone appointments with their advisors may continue to do so.

University email will continue to be the official means of communication between students and advisors. Students are encouraged to check email daily.

Visit the Academic Advising and Transfer Center website for more information.

Student resources

Students should contact The Bear CLAW for tutoring assistance or for help with assignments.

Students should visit the Remote Access Resources for Students page for help with Zoom, Blackboard or other classroom technology.

Students may always contact the Student Success Infoline for questions or concerns.