Coursework changes

In order to meet public health guidelines regarding social distancing, we have to change our class schedule. Some classes will be fully online, some in a blended format and others will remain in person but scheduled in larger rooms.

University leaders have announced the decision to temporarily shift a majority of in-person undergraduate and graduate courses to remote learning for the last three weeks of instruction and final exams following Thanksgiving break. There will be some exceptions, but most students and faculty should plan for remote learning after the holiday.

Class format options

Fully online

In a fully online course, the instructors will decide among three structures. The majority of fully online courses will be taught either synchronously or asynchronously.

  • Synchronous: Attend virtually at the time the class is taught.
  • Asynchronous: Access your course material (lectures and readings, for example) at any time. You meet assignment due dates and finish the course by the end of the semester.
  • Self-paced: You complete the online materials on your schedule, working independently from 6 weeks to 6 months.


Class includes both face-to-face and online material. Two common blended options are:

  • Class splits: Part of the class attends in-person on one day, while the rest take that day online, then they rotate.
  • Lecture/discussion group: Lectures for the whole class would be online. Smaller discussion sections would be in-person.

Face to face

Since these courses require room for social distancing within the classroom, they will be moved to larger rooms. Or, smaller classrooms will be capped at a lower number of students.

If you enroll in a face-to-face course, you will be expected to attend in-person unless you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or other health-related concerns.

You should not attend class if you are not feeling well. Instructors will be flexible on attendance policies.

If you cannot attend your face-to-face class because you are ill, you will be able to access course materials from the day(s) you missed. In some courses, you will be able to attend class virtually through Zoom or another streaming technology. In others, you can download recorded lectures. Instructors will have the specifics of their accommodation plan by the start of the semester.

If you already know that you want to limit your time on campus, you should consider enrolling in more online and/or blended courses.

Faculty may modify how they hold office hours: hold office hours online, in a larger classroom where they can socially distance or build in time at the end of class for open questions.