As in the fall, classes will continue to operate with COVID-related modifications during the Spring 2021 semester.
- Classroom-space modifications to promote the health and safety of students and faculty remain in place. Socially distanced seating, Plexiglas-like partitions, and hand-sanitizer stations will all continue.
- Students will be asked to wipe down their own work areas before and after class using wipes provided by the College, and everyone will be required to wear face-coverings.
- The need for effective social distancing means that classes will not only be organized differently, but on-campus courses will be taught in a variety of formats. Some courses will be taught as traditional face-to-face (f2f) classes, some will be in a hybrid format (partial f2f, partial asynchronous online), and some will be fully online. Students can expect to take courses in a combination of these formats, and each student’s mix will be based on their set of needed courses. Courses are not taught in every format; therefore, the College cannot grant or guarantee an online-only (or f2f-only) set of courses.
- All Adult and Online Education (AOE) cohorts will be fully online throughout the Spring 2021 semester with the exception of those cohorts that meet on our campus in Keuka Park. In that case, instructors have contacted students directly regarding class format.
- In order to promote social distancing, some classes may again be held in non-conventional spaces (e.g., Norton Chapel, the RAC) this semester.
- Should a student be required to isolate or quarantine, they will need to be prepared to adopt remote instruction during that period. So all students are urged to be prepared for increased use of Moodle and other electronic resources.
It is difficult to know what challenges may appear over the course of the semester. Each of us – students, faculty, staff, and the greater College community – should plan to be flexible and nimble in our preparations and responses.
Whatever the challenges, they won’t diminish the College’s commitment to our students’ well-being and academic progress. Faculty members have prepared in-class and online curricula for all courses, ensuring that the level of instruction will be rigorous, consistent, and complete.