Policies and Protocols
Academics Policies and Protocols
Published July 6, 2020
- Transition to virtual instruction at Thanksgiving
On-campus instruction will conclude on Friday, November 20, prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Students will finish the rest of the semester through remote learning platforms only, including final assessments.
- Online and Online Plus Course Offerings
Online courses are typically 8-week, accelerated and completely asynchronous (meaning there are no scheduled or required meeting times) offering full flexibility for students to engage on their own schedule from anywhere.
This fall, we are launching Online Plus courses designed to provide the convenience of online but more aligned to the academic calendar of a traditional face-to-face course (16 week). While these courses will not require in-person attendance, they are designed with options for enhanced engagement through synchronous experiences (meaning there are scheduled meeting times). At this time, most Online Plus classes are in foundational courses and are being developed this summer.
At this time, enrolling in an Online Plus course is a choice made by the student.
- Hybrid instruction model with mixed attendance
A flexible, hybrid course model employs a socially distanced, on-campus experience combined with synchronous and asynchronous virtual participation. In this model, many courses will have “mixed attendance,” that is, during any one class session some students will be in the classroom while others participate remotely. Courses scheduled in spaces where safety and social distancing guidelines can be met will be able to meet on campus as planned. For graduate level courses, schools and colleges will be handling this situation based on the content of the courses and the circumstances of their graduate populations. Specific details should be available by mid-July.
Options in lab and clinical based courses are being explored to help ensure that opportunities for essential hands-on skills are available. Your professors or program director will communicate attendance schedules and options.
- Flexible Attendance
Regular engagement in courses will be a high priority whether students experience them virtually or on-campus. To offer maximum flexibility, students will be able to attend class virtually as your own health or family circumstances dictate. As in any other term, students who are unable to attend class either in person or virtually should be in communication with their instructor. The University is exploring a variety of options in studio, lab and clinical based courses to lessen the likelihood of COVID-19 transmission.
- Nursing Clinical Requirements
Students actively enrolled in a clinical rotation will be required to complete a COVID-19 screening and record their temperature twice daily in CastleBranch. Some clinical sites are requiring additional education and documentation regarding the use of PPE as well as the risks associated with clinical rotations.
- Faculty and Students Working in Health Care Facilities
Health Professions faculty and students may work in healthcare settings where they work with patients who have infectious diseases (including COVID-19). Faculty and students are expected to follow the personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety requirements in their place of employment to mitigate risk of exposure to themselves and others. Faculty and students following the health and safety requirements at their workplace do not need to notify the University of potential workplace exposure to COVID-19; however, individuals are required to report development of COVID-19 symptoms or diagnosis consistent with the University’s reporting requirements.
- Internship Requirements
Students participating in a program that requires an internship to graduate are encouraged to work with their program director and faculty member to find alternatives if they are unable find an in-person internship opportunity. We are committed to supporting each student’s progress to completion.
- Life Coaching
Life coaching will be available both on-campus and virtually. Faculty, life coaches and students have found that Zoom is an excellent option for advising sessions; however, on-campus sessions following health guidelines (e.g., wearing masks, social distancing) will remain an option.
This document is not a contract with any employee, student, or other member of the Maryville community. The University reserves the right in its sole discretion to interpret this document and/or amend it at any time.