This page was last updated 01/25/2021

Question: When did the spring 2021 semester begin?

Answer: January 11. The University is following the standard Spring academic calendar. The University scheduled the first three weeks of the semester to be held exclusively online. Courses are offered via one of three delivery methods: on-campus (which can be a combination of on-campus and off-site locations for clinical rotations or student teaching; hybrid (a combination of on-campus classes and online meetings; or online (all content is delivered online with no face-to-face deliveries.) All classes have live instructors.

Question: Could you give me a sampling of what these types of course deliveries look like?

Answer: Some classes have a staggered class schedule. For example, faculty may stagger classes by offering both face-to-face instruction and remote technology-aided instruction. Faculty may teach in a location and deliver lectures via video conferences. Faculty may alternate student attendance in class to every other week with supplemented instruction in the off weeks. Classes may be offered in large rooms on campus. Simulation labs may be staggered between morning and afternoon shifts. And some classes may be limited to a designated number of students.

Every spring course has specific instructions for the modality, days, times and expectations of synchronous (real time) and asynchronous (not real time) course delivery.

Nursing clinicals for the Spring are continuing as originally scheduled.

Question: Given this shift in course deliveries, will all students receive the required number of learning hours for their courses?

Answer: Yes. Regardless of the delivery method, the credit hours for on-site, hybrid and online course deliveries will adhere to the federal standard of 45 total learning hours for every 1 credit (15 hours of instruction with 30 hours of out-of-class academic engagement.)

Question: What is the status of University, technology, health and wellness, and student activity fees?

Answer: These fees remain in place regardless of the modality in which one’s classes are offered. Students should speak with their departmental chair, director or dean if they have questions about course-specific fees.

Question: How can I find out how classes are being delivered?

Answer: Students can find detailed information about their course modalities by utilizing Web Advisor. Watch this video to understand how to access and read your course schedule.

Question: Do professors still have office hours?

Answer: Yes. For the most part, they are virtual.

Question: Are there classroom size guidelines in place?

Answer: Yes. Utilizing social distancing CDC guidelines, some classes have restricted the size of the class or relocated the class to a large space within the University. Additionally, rooms have been set up for six-feet distancing.

Question: If a student taking on-campus classes in the spring contracts COVID-19 mid-semester, can the student shift all classes into a hybrid or online delivery until he/she is able to return to campus?

Answer: Carlow University has done extensive preparation for remote learning materials and modalities for spring courses. If a student contracts COVID-19, the University is prepared to adapt the modality in conversation with the faculty and college deans to accommodate the student’s needs.

Question: As a parent, I’m not comfortable with my child attending on-campus classes. What are our options?

Answer: Students can make schedule choices based upon the modality of the course being offered, and all modalities can be accessed through WebAdvisor. Refer to the Health and Safety Guidelines section of our website for additional details on campus safety.

Question: How will the University communicate with students and parents about changes in the academic calendar?

Answer: Any changes will be communicated via the Carlow University website, the intranet and email.

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