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Academics

Academic calendar
  • The spring semester begins Jan. 19.
  • The semester does not feature a spring break. This configuration will reduce or eliminate the need for members of our community to travel during the semester.
    • Of note, the University’s Easter break has been extended to include Thursday, April 1.
    • In place of the break, the University has installed three academic enrichment days on which classes will not meet. These enrichment days will act like mental health days—opportunities for our students and Lasallian community to explore important topics like personal wellness and social justice. More information on these days will follow.
  • Consult the academic calendar for other important dates.
Instruction
  • To meet physical distancing requirements, classroom capacities have been lowered based on guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
  • 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
  • The maximum capacity for each classroom has been adjusted and will be posted at the entryway.
  • Classrooms have been reconfigured and furniture has been removed to allow for adherence to physical distancing guidelines. In order to maintain physical distancing, students, faculty, and staff are not permitted to move, remove, or add furniture in the classroom.
  • In some cases, a separator may be installed to allow the faculty member adequate space and allow for physical distancing.
  • Certain classrooms will be updated to include simulcast capabilities.
  • Students will 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 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 listed above 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.
  • Cleaning
    • High-frequency areas will be cleaned multiple times per day, given the availability of the spaces.
    • In addition, disinfectant spray and/or wipes will be made available for individuals to use before and after using a common space or classroom. Disinfectant sprays and/or wipes will be accurately labeled with the safety data and data safety sheets will be available. See the Cleaning Protocol section of this plan for full details.
    • If supplies are low in a specific area on campus, faculty and staff are asked to notify Facilities Management immediately through the maintenance request form on the portal.
Academic policies and expectations
  • The Pandemic Recovery Academic Expectations document includes addendums to academic policies that are in effect during the course of the pandemic.
  • Attendance
    • Students who are unable to attend class due to illness or the need to quarantine 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 the return to campus 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.
  • There will be no University-sponsored study abroad, travel study, or service travel in Spring 2021.
  • 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 Events and Visitors section in this document. Visits should be conducted virtually whenever possible.
  • When possible, we encourage any guest speakers to present their content remotely. 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.
  • In the limited situations where remote delivery of content is not feasible, ​​​​​​​faculty should notify their Dean of any in-person classroom visitors. This will be helpful for contact tracing should the need arise.