We’re doing all we can to ensure that the places where we teach and learn are safe.
(Even) smaller class sizes
We are limiting the number of students in classrooms, studios, and labs to follow physical distancing requirements. Room-specific plans are being developed for every classroom and instructional space, including labs, studios, and rehearsal spaces.
Cloth face coverings must be worn by all faculty and students in classrooms, labs, and studios.
Do not attend class if you start to show symptoms or have been in contact with those who do. Class attendance policies will accommodate students missing class time due to illness, self-quarantine, and/or isolation.
In addition to regular cleaning, students and faculty are responsible for using wipes to disinfect desktops, tabletops, armrests, doorknobs, and other surfaces they use at the end of classes. Cleaning products and hand sanitizer supplied by the college will be available in all classrooms. Guidelines for individual classes will be communicated by faculty and included in course syllabi.
Grading, Attendance, and Completion — Fall 2020
Grading: For courses that are currently designated as letter-grade (A-F), students may choose to designate the grading method as a letter grade or “CR/NC”. Students must communicate their decision to the Registrar’s Office via a Portal form no later than two days after grades are due for the semester. This policy applies to Mod 1, Mod 2, and full-semester courses.
Definition of “CR”: “CR” grades will be given for grades of “C” and above. CR/NC grades are never factored into the semester or cumulative GPA.
Class Attendance and Participation: Any course that requires in-person participation or includes in-person participation as a factor in grading will have options for participating remotely if you cannot attend because of illness.
Student Emergency (from the “Class Attendance” section of the Student Handbook): For this semester, the definition of “compelling circumstance” in the following will include personal and/or family challenges that arise because of COVID-19: “When a student has an emergency (death in the family, severe illness or other compelling circumstance), the student should notify the Dean of Students Office, who shall inform various administrative offices and the student’s instructor(s) and advisor(s) about the absence. However, all absences, including emergencies, are evaluated by the instructor.
It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor in advance whenever possible about an absence. In all cases, the student is responsible for course work missed.” You should communicate with your professors, who can help facilitate your access to course materials and negotiate, if possible, alternate deadlines and options for you to show proficiency in the course’s essential learning objectives.
Major/minor completion: Departments and programs will be reviewing major and minor transcripts to anticipate what substitutions or alternate plans of study can be made if you are in a situation where you cannot access required courses because of COVID-19. This lack of access may be due to illness, but it also may be due to your location (internet accessibility and time zone differences) if required courses do not have asynchronous remote ways of completing assignments and assessments.
“Incomplete” contracts: You should make every attempt to avoid taking “Incompletes,” especially for first-mod courses.
Planning for the Unexpected: Departments and programs have been advised that faculty illness and/or the transition to mods during COVID may present unique challenges this year that require some (temporary) adjustment to best teaching practices, course sequencing, and scheduling, and course syllabi.
Answers to frequent questions can be found here.
Internships and community-based learning
For the Fall 2020 semester, students who engage in local internships and community-based learning must follow the guidelines established for behavior on campus and in classrooms. You will be expected to follow these practices regardless of whether or not they are followed at your place of employment or service. If you will be using one of the college’s cars for transportation to your internship or service site, you must abide by the policy for the use of college vehicles.
In the interest of health, safety, and the common good, we urge all students to follow these guidelines whenever they engage in activities in the larger Beloit community and beyond.
Flexibility and patience
Course room and meeting-time assignments may change, given the reduced capacity in each room caused by the need for physical distancing, as well as to increase the time interval between classes as a way to reduce congestion during passing time, make time available for cleaning, and promote air exchange.
Office hours and tutoring
Expect to meet with your instructors and advisors online whether you are on campus or away. In some cases, you may be able to meet with a faculty member outside or in a space that allows for physical distancing.
Individual and small group tutoring will be online. If physical distancing requirements can be met and students are wearing masks and comfortable, a limited amount of in-person tutoring may be possible.