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Academics

Last updated: 7/1/2021

Academic calendar
Instruction
Following Philadelphia Department of Public Health physical distancing guidelines, the majority of Fall 2021 courses are offered face-to-face.
The following guide will help you understand the delivery methods (Schedule Type) listed for the University’s courses:
  • Lecture–F2F and Lab–F2F refers to courses that will be delivered through face-to-face instruction in a classroom setting.  Attendance for these courses will not be staggered.
  • Hybrid requires that the course is divided equally into components that are led in person and online (synchronous or asynchronous).
  • Staggered in-class attendance refers to courses for which classroom attendance will be staggered. Students will be present for in-person instruction on select days of the week, as determined by their instructor(s). The instructor(s) may choose to lead part of a course in-person and remotely to separate sections of the same course.
  • Remote with specific meeting times uses an online platform such as Zoom to hold synchronous classes during every class session.
  • Online courses are led remotely and asynchronously, meaning they do not require specific meeting times.
  • Independent Study/Research refers to courses that may be delivered through face-to-face instruction in a classroom setting or remotely. Please consult instructor.
Classroom guidelines
  • All classrooms have been restored to their full seating capacity.
  • In some classrooms, a separator may be used to allow the faculty member adequate space and allow for physical distancing.
  • Most classrooms have been updated to include simulcast capabilities.
  • Students will continue to have assigned seating in each class. Faculty will be responsible for maintaining the list of assigned seats. This will help minimize the spread and assist with contact tracing in the event of a positive COVID-19 case.
  • When entering and exiting the classroom, maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance between you and anyone with whom you don’t live. This may mean waiting to enter or exit until others have cleared the doorway area.
  • Students, faculty, and staff are expected to abide by the personal health guidelines while in the classroom.
  • Faculty reserve the right to refuse a student’s entry to a classroom if the student is not adhering to University guidelines, including but not limited to the wearing of a face covering over one’s mouth and nose.
  • Classroom Cleaning – See the Cleaning Protocol section of this plan for full details.
Academic policies and expectations
  • Attendance
    • Students who are unable to attend class due to illness or the need to quarantine or isolate should contact their instructor to determine how to participate and complete assignments.
    • Faculty should adjust their attendance policies to allow for student compliance with the Health Guidelines section of this plan, specifically, the directive to stay home when sick, and make this clear in their syllabi.
Off-campus experiential learning
  • Students participating in internships, clinicals, student teaching, etc. will follow La Salle COVID-19 guidelines and any additional requirements noted by our outside partner.
  • Students must use the following forms to elect a return to off-campus experiential learning. The form should reflect that this is not a waiver of the educational requirement. Students should consult their program to submit the forms and for additional guidance to ensure program requirements are being met.
  • Community-engaged learning projects or coursework
    • All community-engaged learning projects or coursework should be conducted virtually whenever possible. Exceptions should be approved by the area Vice President.
  • Students participating in class-related field trips and other experiential learning opportunities will follow La Salle COVID-19 guidelines and any additional requirements made by state and local governmental bodies as well as the host institution.
Visitors in the classroom
  • Visitors, including guest speakers, in the classroom will follow the guidelines set forth in the Events and Visitors section . Visits should be conducted virtually whenever possible.
  • Similarly, when La Salle faculty have been invited to serve as a guest speaker outside of the University (for example, at another university), we request that content be shared remotely.