As a tight-knit University, we believe in the value of the relationships and learning that occur through face-to-face instruction—a belief that is well supported by literature and research.
Even when course content can be delivered through web-based technologies, we believe the added value of an on-campus experience adds to the richness of your education and contributes to your growth as a future professional or health care provider charged with caring for patients, even in a pandemic environment.
To ensure that we can safely return to campus for the start of the fall semester, we have implemented health and safety guidelines in alignment with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Additional adjustments to the fall semester are outlined below.
The University will continue to monitor for new information, recommendations and guidance from local, regional and national agencies to protect the health and safety of the campus community.
Academic Calendar Changes
The University has adjusted the academic calendar to begin one week earlier and allow students to leave campus and not return after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Course Delivery and Instruction
Our educational approach will continue to prioritize on-campus course delivery and engagement, but each member of our community faces unique circumstances.
To provide students with additional flexibility, we have created an option that will provide additional flexibility during the fall 2020 semester.
- Courses will be delivered on campus, but students will have an option to attend lectures virtually.
- Unless otherwise indicated by the instructor of an individual course, virtual attendance will be synchronous (i.e. participating in live lectures at the normally scheduled time).
- Your decision to attend lectures virtually applies only to lecture attendance.
- Students who select this option will still be expected to be on-campus for lab sessions and lab courses, group activities, experiential activities and other activities that cannot be replicated online as described in course syllabi.
Campus will be open, we will continue to prioritize on-campus delivery of courses, and campus services and resources remain accessible to all students.