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Academics and the Classroom Experience

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Salve Regina’s academic plan for the fall semester has been designed to maximize flexibility, minimize risk and respond to uncertainty. The plan accommodates a variety of possible scenarios, including staggered classes, students learning while in quarantine, faculty teaching while in quarantine, international students learning from their home nations, and students or faculty with health concerns choosing to learn or teach from home.

Even as we seek to preserve the traditional residential learning experience, our highest priority remains the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. Regardless of the challenges ahead, our faculty will continue to seek creative and interactive strategies to engage students deeply in the learning experience.

Courses in Dual Modality

Undergraduate and graduate courses will be offered in two modalities: in the classroom and remotely to allow for students to attend in person or virtually as circumstances change. All faculty will prepare their fall courses to accommodate students who are learning remotely, allowing students to keep their current course schedule even if they do not return to campus.

Undergraduate students who decide to learn remotely should email Page Cote in the Dean of Undergraduate Studies Office as soon as possible. Graduate students who decide to learn remotely should email Tiffany McClanaghan in the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education as soon as possible.

Some fall courses will be offered exclusively online, particularly in situations where faculty members are unable to teach on campus due to identified risk factors. Students can visit My Salve to see which courses will be taught online. Students who wish to add or drop an exclusively online course can change their schedule in My Salve or contact their faculty advisor for assistance.

Learning Continuity

Classroom spaces will be outfitted with videoconferencing systems and technology to enable livestreaming and lecture capture to access in real time or on demand, allowing learning continuity for students who are unable to attend class due to illness, quarantine, social distancing or other reasons. The technology will also allow students who cannot return to campus due to health concerns or border restrictions to enroll in a full-time schedule remotely.

Learning Groups

Classroom spaces will be assigned based on enrollments that meet occupancy limitations. While some classes will be able meet in full, others will need to be organized so that classroom attendance is staggered or rotated due to social distancing requirements.

A learning group is defined as a subset of the enrolled class that will attend class sessions together when the course needs to be staggered.

For courses that meet twice each week, classes will be split into two learning groups, with one group attending in the physical classroom while the other group attends remotely. Learning groups will alternate on the second day. Classes that meet three times each week will be similarly divided to meet occupancy requirements.

On-Campus Spaces for Remote Classes

Students who need to attend class remotely while on campus have access to a number of designated locations, including McKillop Library, the Starbucks lounge in Miley Hall, Gerety Hall and Jazzman’s Cafe in the O’Hare Academic Building. In addition, students can utilize a variety of classroom spaces throughout Salve Regina’s academic buildings.

See the full list of available classroom spaces.

Classroom Dismissals

Classes that meet in odd-numbered classrooms in Antone Academic Center, McAuley Hall, McKillop Library, Ochre Court or O’Hare Academic Building on Mondays or Tuesdays will dismiss five minutes early. Classes that meet in even-numbered classrooms in these buildings on Wednesdays, Thursdays or Fridays will dismiss five minutes early. All other buildings will follow the traditional time schedule.

Signage will be posted in each classroom to remind students and faculty of the policy.

Social Distancing and Face Coverings

In classroom spaces with mobile furniture, seating arrangements will correspond to social distancing standards. In spaces with immobile furniture, such as Bazarsky and DiStefano lecture halls, ropes and signage will direct students to appropriate seating. Students and faculty will maintain social distancing at all times, including in laboratories and during small group work.

Students and faculty will wear face coverings at all times. Students who refuse to wear face coverings will be asked to leave the classroom (excepting those with medical accommodations). Students whose accessibility will be limited by these protocols, including students who utilize lip reading, should contact the Office of Disability Services for guidance.

Cleaning and Ventilation

Disinfecting wipe stations and cleaning supplies will be provided in classrooms, office spaces and common areas across campus. Students and faculty will be required to wipe down their personal spaces when entering classrooms.

Cleaning and disinfection schedules will be increased across campus to meet or exceed Centers for Disease Control guidelines. All classrooms will be deep cleaned every evening.

HVAC systems will be set to increase the flow of outside air into buildings with air distribution systems. Before the fall semester begins, all systems will be checked for proper operation, filters will be changed and upgraded if possible and water systems will be flushed. In historic buildings without HVAC systems, occupants will be encouraged to open windows and doors to ensure maximum exposure to fresh air, as long as weather allows.

Laboratories and Experiential Learning

In order to accommodate social distancing and group size requirements, courses with a laboratory component will be adjusted to smaller sections with shortened times. Some music, dance and theater courses will be moved to larger spaces, and there will be no live audiences for performances. Education and social work students will continue with their community clinicals in accordance with placement guidelines. Nursing students will work in small groups in the simulation lab with aggressive cleaning procedures in place and appropriate PPE.

McKillop Library and Computer Labs

The library will remain open to the campus community, with substantially diminished seating capacity, and closed to the general public. Appointments will be required for the use of library tables and computer labs. In addition, computer labs will be accessible remotely via a new software solution, giving students who need access to specialized programs the ability to log in from anywhere, including their residences.

Pass/fail Policy for Undergraduate Students

The faculty have revised the university’s pass/fail policy for undergraduate students. Learn more about this policy for the 2020-2021 academic year.