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Academic Affairs

Royal Flex Program

Our primary goal is to facilitate face-to-face class options whenever possible, recognizing that specific decisions will be shaped by a number of factors and constraints including the availability of classroom space, pedagogical needs, course type, and special circumstances of faculty and students.

The Royal Flex Program provides five instructional approaches for the fall.

Course and Classroom Scheduling

Courses will be offered in various formats that include: traditional face-to-face instruction; hybrid formats of face-to-face; and fully remote instruction. It is important to remember that hybrid formats of courses are a combination of face-to-face and virtual, and are not completely remote courses. Surveys were sent to faculty outlining five options from which they could choose to deliver their classes for Fall 2020. Course Schedule Search has been updated so that each of the five options is searchable as an attribute on each course. These are the five options and their attributes:

  • Fully Face-to-Face Instruction (FTOF)
  • Face-to-Face with A/Synchronous Instruction (FFSY)
  • Hybrid Face-to-Face & Synchronous Remote Instruction (HYBR)
  • Rotational Face-to-Face & A/Synchronous Instruction (ROT)
  • Remote Instruction (REM)

Course Search and Schedule Information: August 6, 2020

New Dedicated "Zoom Rooms" for Fall 2020 Term

Rooms are available and located across campus for student use throughout the day, except when closed for cleaning. Each room has a capacity, based on social distancing, that will be posted. When a student enters the room, they must be sure that they do not cause the room to exceed capacity. If so, they must exit the room and find another study location. Students should use hand sanitizer before entering, wipe down desks when leaving, and use headphones to cut down on noise.

  • BRN 109 (capacity = 8)
  • CLP 225 (capacity = 10)
  • ELH 600 (capacity = 8) 
  • HYL 202 (capacity = 14)
  • HYL 401 (capacity = 12) 
  • LSC 125   (capacity = 8)
  • LSC 127 (capacity = 12)
  • LSC 316 (capacity = 8)
  • LSC 563 (capacity = 10)
  • MGH 118 (capacity = 6)
  • MGH 134 (capacity = 12)
  • MGH 136 (capacity = 10)
  • MGH 203 (capacity = 9)
  • MGH 207 (capacity = 10)
  • STT 206 (capacity = 6)
  • STT 413 (capacity = 10)

Instructional Space Health and Safety Protocol

Social Distancing

  • Space occupancy limits will be clearly posted on the door to all instructional space (e.g. classrooms, spaces being used for classrooms, labs, etc.) and are strictly enforceable.
  • Everyone in an instructional space is required to maintain social distancing (six feet) throughout the class period, including during work on group projects, when giving presentations or when social distancing.
  • Hallways, entrances and stairwells will be designed for safe movement. Everyone in a building is expected to follow posted travel/flow restrictions. Individuals must maintain social distancing (six feet) as they travel throughout and between buildings, including while waiting for a class period to begin or end.
  • For classes with greater than 20 students, instructors (e.g. faculty, laboratory staff, teaching assistants, etc.) are to dismiss students in smaller groups (e.g. 10 students or one row at a time).

Face Masks in Instructional Spaces

  • No one may be in an instructional space (or anywhere else on campus) without wearing a face mask covering both the mouth and nose at all times. Face masks with vents or exhaust valves are not permitted.

Classroom and Laboratory Cleaning Protocol

  • Hand sanitizer will be available in every instructional space. Students and faculty will be asked to apply hand sanitizer as they enter the class.
  • EPA-registered disinfectant wipes will be available to students and faculty as they enter the classroom.
    • Each student will wipe down the surface area in front of them before and after they sit down.
    • Instructors will wipe down surface areas in front of them before and after class. This may include computer, podium, front table, etc.
    • Common materials or supplies (e.g., keyboards, mouse, office equipment like staplers and projector remotes) cannot be used or shared without first cleaning with the provided disinfectant wipes. 
  • Cleaning supplies will be restocked throughout the day.
  • Instructional spaces will be deep-cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis with special attention to frequently touched surfaces (e.g. desks, tables, chairs, door knobs, etc.)

Accommodations for Cleaning Protocol

  • Instructors: Instructors who are unable to perform any tasks in this cleaning protocol due to medical conditions should contact the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED). If appropriate, OED will draft an accommodation plan  in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act that will be shared with the Dean and Provost. The University will determine alternate arrangements to perform these tasks.
  • Students: Students who are unable to perform any tasks in this cleaning protocol due to medical conditions should contact the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE). In the event a student receives an accommodation through CTLE, the faculty member or instruction will be notified of the accommodation as they would be notified for any other academic accommodation. The University will determine alternate arrangements to perform these tasks.
  • NOTE: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires the University to keep medical-related information confidential. In the event someone questions whether a community member has an approved accommodation, those questions should be directed to CTLE for students or OED for employees to report a concern. 

Learn More: Protocols Keep Instructional Spaces Safe

Enforcement of the Instructional Space Health and Safety Protocol 

Since everyone is required to wear a non-vented face mask that covers both their nose and mouth in all areas of campus, including instructional spaces, any student or instructor should first remind those not complying of the requirement

  • If, after being reminded, a student does not follow the mask wearing or social distancing requirements or does not follow the cleaning protocol (absent an accommodation approved by CTLE), then the instructor should direct the student to leave the instructional space and report the incident to the Pandemic Safety Officer.
  • If a student is exhibiting any noticeable COVID-19 related symptoms (such as excessive cough), an instructor should direct the student to leave the instructional space, contact Student Health Services and update their daily check-in to the Wellness Self-Screening app. After class, the instructor is asked to alert the Dean of Students Office (570-941-7680) to facilitate appropriate follow-up. 

 In either situation, if a student refuses to leave the class as directed, then the instructor will call the University Police Department (570-941-7888) and may dismiss the entire class.

Weinberg Memorial Library

Only current students, staff, and faculty will be allowed access to the Weinberg Memorial Library building using their Royal Card. Masks must be worn at all times, and six feet social distancing should be observed throughout the building. The library’s capacity is significantly limited, and all library seats are strategically laid out to ensure social distancing requirements. Seats and furniture should not be rearranged. Group study rooms have reduced seating, and use of group study rooms will be by reservation only. 

  • Eating in the building will be prohibited, and Java City will be closed for the fall semester.
  • Facilities Operations staff have increased the frequency of disinfection for all bathroom, elevators, and major touchpoints. For increased safety, all library users are asked to sanitize library surfaces, including carrels, tables, keyboards, and mice, both when arriving and when departing the building. "Sanitation Stations" are available on each floor.
  • Lastly, to promote safety and accommodate advanced cleaning protocols there will be no 24/7 access to the building.
  • Students, staff, and faculty that present symptoms or suspect that they have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 should refrain from coming to the library, including for brief visits to print or return or pick up material.

Keeping the library a safe space for ourselves and those around us will be a shared responsibility. If these policies are not followed you may be respectfully asked to conform or leave the building. In alignment with the health and safety protocols for instructional spaces, you may also be asked to leave the Library building if you are exhibiting visible symptoms of COVID-19 including excessive coughing.

For the most up-to-date information about the library click here.