FAQs for Students


Online Learning

The following resources are available to help you prepare for this transition to remote learning.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Academic Instruction

As we begin the implementation of our plan for fall, we are working to minimize the potential impacts to students who have already chosen their course schedules while meeting the health and safety goals that will enable our return to campus.

Further information will be forthcoming. Here are some important links:

In-person delivery of labs and studio courses will be prioritized. We will also prioritize other classes for in-person delivery whose academic outcomes are difficult to achieve virtually.

Yes. The university is committed to equitable remote options for vulnerable/at-risk populations and meeting the needs of students whose health or personal circumstances require them to learn remotely. We are working to provide enough options that students who cannot attend courses in person can make progress toward their degrees. However, not every course will be offering remote instruction, and this may require a fully remote student to choose different classes.

In addition to identifying new capacity numbers for each room, we will offer classes in a variety of methods, move classes to larger spaces, split classes into multiple sessions or limit the number of students present in person on a rotating basis and extending class scheduling to use the full day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., thus reducing the number of students on campus at one time. 

Yes. Classes will continue through the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, all classes will be remote (synchronous) or online (asynchronous) through the end of the semester.

We will continue to provide enhanced cleaning throughout our campuses with increased attention to frequently touched surfaces. This means that, based on recommendations from the CDC, bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily. These recommendations include routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, countertops). Additionally, we are increasing use of disinfectant (in addition to our normal multipurpose cleaner) in common areas to ensure that they are disinfected daily. To help promote hand hygiene, the university will provide more hand sanitizer in areas of public access in campus buildings.

Contact the faculty member who is supervising your research and work with them to focus on different aspects that can be completed remotely (e.g., data analysis and conducting tests in virtual environments) if progress on your research project is affected by the campus moving to a “limited” or “remote” operating mode, your own illness, or because you are in quarantine or in self-isolation.

If you are already registered with Student Accessibility Services contact your access coordinator with specific questions. If you are not registered, you will need to register with Student Accessibility Services.

Scheduling will be guided by consideration of equity, which includes prioritizing the most pressing needs of students to include making sure students are able to graduate on time.

Campus Experience

The university is working to preserve the traditional campus experience to the greatest extent possible, with the necessary safety protocols and guidelines in place that protect students, faculty and staff. 

  • Students can get something to eat via quick-service dining options, including takeout and order-ahead. All dining facilities will have health and safety modifications.
  • You will take part in campus life, resources and services with health and safety modifications like prescheduling and limits on capacity to ensure your health and safety. 
  • Campus activities and events will scale based on health and safety conditions, beginning with things like scheduled trips and visits, and additional remote programming (for example, esports) with clubs and organizations.

We will have on-campus capability for COVID-19 testing of students, faculty and staff on all campuses.

We expect everyone who comes to campus to observe our safety protocols and we expect our students will adhere to public health orders in the community. We are currently updating the students’ rules, rights and responsibilities and related policies to include compliance with COVID-19 public health requirements and sanctions/public health consequences for noncompliance.

The libraries will be open, with cleaning/sanitizing protocols in place and with the expectation of appropriate social distancing of patrons.

The NCAA and major conferences are having many discussions about what the fall sports season will look like if games are played, and we expect more of those details to take shape later this summer.


No. The academic calendar has been revised in two ways, designed to reduce post-travel mixing between students and faculty after Thanksgiving while still maximizing time for in-person teaching. More than 90% of the fall semester instructional days will be completed at that point of the semester, and teaching will continue remotely after the break. 

In the spring, with the sudden pivot to remote instruction, we chose to rebate a portion of room, board and fees.  With the current conditions on the ground, we are in the process of modifying housing and dining with dramatically enhanced cleaning and reduced density.  Those costs are being front loaded prior to arrival and to ensure a safe return and start up.  If we need to pivot to remote instruction, for example after thanksgiving, the unused portion of room, board, and fees would be refunded.