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12 questions and answers specific to the students within the College of Professional Schools for fall 2020.

Q: How are you managing physical distancing for College of Professional Schools classrooms?

A: There will be as much face to face learning as possible, but some class sections may be smaller than in the past. If there’s a course with a class of 30 people and a room that (under guidelines) can hold 15, for example, the class will be split. Some students will come one day, some will come another, with the presumption that if students aren’t physically present on a given day, they’ll be able to follow along online.

Q: Which students’ majors will be studying remotely online this fall?

A: These groups have been designated for off-campus participation in the fall.

  • Architectural studies (juniors)
  • Civil engineering (sophomores)
  • Computer science (sophomores, juniors)
  • Computer security and information assurance (sophomores, juniors)
  • Construction management (sophomores)
  • Engineering (sophomores)
  • International business (juniors)
  • Nursing (sophomores)

Q: Will the reduced capacity protocols affect the same people in the fall as in the spring?

A: No. Students not prioritized to live on campus in the fall will be prioritized for the spring.

Q: If students cannot be on campus will they be able to keep up?

A: We’ll make it as seamless as possible for students to stay on track with their courses, whether they are learning from a dorm room or from home. We’ve asked our faculty to identify the modalities they plan to use for the fall semester.

Q: For engineering labs will you be adding lab times to allow for participation for all students while still maintaining physical distancing?

A: Many of our engineering labs have a lot of physical space already, so we’re able to distance. We may come up with other strategies, too, such as more lab times or smaller class sections or kits you can take into your room to conduct your experiments so not everybody has to be in the lab at once.

Q: Will any of the core business classes for first-year students be taught outside of the traditional mode?

A: The plan all along for the freshman experience has been to be as face to face as possible while accommodating Centers for Disease Control and Vermont safety protocols. We’re expecting a high percentage of these first-year classes to be taught in person.

Q: Will there still be study sessions for extra help during the fall semester?

A: Yes. We are planning to provide all of the same student services that we’ve been providing, whether in person or virtual, including the Academic Achievement; Writing; and Counseling and Wellness centers.

Q: Will professors hold office hours?

A: Yes. Our faculty are required to hold five office hours a week; many professors hold more.

Q: Will guest experts still visit classes?

A: Yes, but mostly virtually to limit the number of people coming to campus. The remote option might let us bring in a wider range of experts. In the same vein, student off-site work will be less than in the past.

Q: Can and will iPads be updated for students who aren’t on campus?

A: Yes. We use a global device management software so we can better help students keep their electronic devices up to date. Help desk services are the same as they have been if you have a hardware issue. Also, the mobile mentors program, which started last spring, will continue and provide peer-to-peer virtual support for iPads.

Q: Will cocurricular or extracurricular activities such as Association for Computing Machinery and Center for Cybersecurity and Forensics Education and Research fellows occur?

A: Yes. We’re hoping there will be as much continuity of these academically related activities as we can manage in compliance with state and federal guidelines.


MISCELLANEOUS

Q: Will there be a chance students are on campus and professors are not?

A: Because some faculty and staff are in high-risk categories for contracting COVID-19, some cannot be on campus. However, if professors are off campus, we’re encouraging them to teach much more synchronously than they did in the spring. There will be more situations where people will be interacting through a camera rather than standing in front of them.

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