Will I be able to earn my course credits for the spring semester?
Yes. Our goal is for all students to earn spring semester credits via distance education. For seniors, we will make a special effort to see that courses are completed by the end of the semester. Some courses may be given “Incomplete” and/or continued in the summer, if necessary.
What if I have limited or no access to the internet?
Please make your professor aware of your situation prior to the remote learning period so you can work something out. Several companies are offering free WiFi access during this time.
How will courses be graded?
The College has approved a temporary change to its pass/fail grading policy for the spring semester. Students can choose a pass/fail grade later in the term than usual, and for a wider range of courses. Read the policy in full.
What about course selection for the fall 2020 semester?
The fall course schedule will be available in late March on the Office of the Registrar website and on the Banner Self Service course search tool. Students will receive an email with details, including mid-April registration dates. Students can engage in conversations with their advisers via phone or video calls to review their academic plan, course selection, and to receive registration PINs.
What do I do if I have an academic accommodation or need an accommodation in the present circumstances?
Any existing accommodation should remain in force. If new measures or adjustments are needed, contact The Office of Accessibility Services. A COVID-19 webpage is being created by the Office of Advising and Co-Curricular Activities that will address a number of issues related to support provided by the Hub, class deans, and other functions in Scott Hall. Class deans and other advising staff members will continue to be available for appointments (video or phone). Use contact information on their staff page if you would like to set up a meeting.
When will classes begin?
Please contact the relevant head or chair for the department or program in which that particular course is being offered. You can find the appropriate head or chair by going to the department or program’s webpage. There is also a list of heads and chairs that can be found toward the bottom of the Information, Forms, and Lists page off of the Provost’s main page. If you sent an email to a department head or chair and have waited more than 24 hours without a response, please contact Markus Dubischar, associate dean of the curriculum.
What technology resources are available to me during this time?
My coursework includes lab, artistic, performance, or presentation requirements. How will I fulfill those?
Our faculty are innovative. We already have heard of a number of creative alternatives being developed, and so we are confident they will work with you to find a suitable arrangement.
Arts classes are finding ways to stay involved and connected. For example, some music ensembles are experimenting with layered sounds and group creation projects, and some courses are emphasizing process over product. There are many ways a class can get creative and provide an outlet for self-expression and connection during this time of isolation.
I’m a senior. Am I going to graduate on time?
While the ceremony has been rescheduled to August 1, we anticipate your degree will be awarded and reflected on your transcript following our usual graduation processing in the May timeframe.
My professor posts class session recordings and course materials on our Moodle course site. Are there limits on what I can do with these materials?
The creation of a dynamic and rigorous class requires a high level of trust between students and between the class and the instructor. Class session recordings and other course materials are proprietary and to be used for class purposes only. They are not to be shared or distributed outside those parameters. You must request permission from your professor prior to creating any recordings. Also, no recordings should be shared or posted online even when the instructor grants permission to record.
How will I take exams?
Faculty have a variety of options available for testing and assessment, including through Moodle. Please talk with your professor.
How do I resolve course-related concerns (e.g., scheduling conflicts, communication difficulties with a professor) in this period of remote teaching?
If contacting your professor does not resolve the issue, reach out to the department head or program chair. A list of heads and chairs can be found toward the bottom of the Information, Forms, and Lists webpage. If you have emailed the head or chair and have waited more than 24 hours without a response, contact Markus Dubischar, associate dean of the curriculum.
Are tutors still available through the Academic Resource Hub?
Yes. Support programs have transitioned from in-person to remote sessions. Visit the Academic Resource Hub website for more information on specific course support. Please use the StudyTree app to book appointments or join the Supplemental Instruction or Mentored Study Group Sessions.
How will I register for fall 2020 courses, and how do I meet with my academic adviser?
The registrar’s office will provide registration dates and instructions. As in any other semester, your academic adviser will have your registration PIN, and you can reach out to your adviser via email to set up any pre-registration conversations via phone or video.
Will Commencement still take place?
Yes. Commencement has been rescheduled for Aug. 1, and will be held virtually. More information can be found on Lafayette’s 2020 Celebrations webpage.