New Course Formats and Safety Protocols
This September, we resumed classes on-campus. Large courses are offered online or in a hybrid format.
Our Academic approach is built on ensuring the health and safety of students and employees, while providing a range of flexible models for students who cannot or choose not to attend in person. Each course is delivered in one of five formats. How a course is facilitated depends on the size of the class, the content topics, and the level of classroom participation.
Students should log into ACORN to complete our virtual COVID-19 Preparedness & Education course and the Student COVID-19 Safety Pledge.
- New options for larger courses.
The occupancy of our classrooms and lecture halls has been reduced. Most classes with 50 or more students are conducted remotely, while some are split into smaller sections.
- Your commute to class has changed.
To avoid congestion in buildings and hallways, we have adjusted class start and end times. Buildings have one-way traffic in stairwells. You'll swipe or tap your new student ID card as you enter buildings to make contact tracing easier.
- Lab courses have been modified or postponed.
Shared lab and practice spaces are open by appointment only, to allow for reduced capacities while providing the freedom required to do your work.
- The academic calendar has changed.
We've updated our academic calendar. Classes began on September 21 and will end on the last day in residence, December 21. Winter term classes will begin on January 18 to accommodate quarantine (self-isolation) requirements. We will be prepared to implement changes should the need arise as determined by University and government and health officials.
How will I write my exams?
Your professors will reduce the number of in-person exams by using virtual assessments or offering more assignments or projects.
Exams may be held in very large spaces (ex. gymnasiums) to ensure social distancing.
Will professors still have office hours?
Your professor will be reachable for virtual office hours, but you will not be able to visit them in-person. Meetings between faculty members or staff have also been greatly restricted.
Will there still be a reading break?
Yes, there will be shortened reading breaks on November 12 and 13 (Fall term) and February 15 and 16 (Winter term).