Academics and Student Success

Planning for several modes of instruction

Our primary goal in preparing classes for the fall is to provide a mostly normal campus experience balanced with the safety for students, faculty and staff. 

Early on, we made the decision to offer more online and blended courses to allow students the option of taking courses in the format they felt was best for them, whether seated, blended or online. Because of this, we do not expect to move courses to a different format from what the student signed up, although there may be some circumstances where that is required.

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 for short periods of time.

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 for short periods of time. 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.

Advising will generally be conducted in a face-to-face interaction; however, if a student requests the appointment be conducted over Zoom, that option will be available.

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.