This page was last updated 09/05/2020
Question: Has the fall semester begun at the University?
Answer: Yes. The fall semester began on August 24 and is
following the academic calendar. Classes are being offered via 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.
The general breakdown is: 70% of Carlow’s courses are being offered online,
and 30% are being offered in a hybrid format (a mix of on-site and online.)
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
delivery 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 fall course has specific instructions for the modality, days, times and
expectations of synchronous (real time) and asynchronous (not real time)
Nursing clinicals for the fall 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
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
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
Question: If a student taking on-campus classes in the fall
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 fall 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
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: Some universities are not returning to campus after
the Thanksgiving break. Will Carlow students be returning to campus after this
Answer: Some classes will become virtual after Thanksgiving
break. Residence halls are expected to remain open unless a federal, state,
local agency, or other CDC changes prevent the residential halls from being
open. The fall semester will end as currently scheduled on December 14. If
there is a change to this schedule, students will be notified via email and
through this Q&A section of the University’s website.
Question: Will the University prorate room and board for
residence hall students who decide to move off campus after Thanksgiving?
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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