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Academics

Academic Calendar

We have made substantial changes to the academic calendar to create greater flexibility for the St. John’s community, and to optimize the safety of those who choose to live on campus. For the majority of programs, classes will start on Monday, August 24, 2020, and continue through November 20, 2020. Students will return to their homes during the weeklong Thanksgiving break (November 23-28), with remaining course work—mainly final assessments—taking place remotely through December 8, 2020. Full academic calendar information, including a link to the School of Law’s calendar (which is substantially different), can be found here

Course Formats

To provide students with the St. John’s campus experience while aligning with best practices for classroom social distancing, we will offer a combination of course formats, including on-campus, in-person courses; courses in two hybrid formats (both traditional and rotating); and courses delivered fully online. All classrooms will be reconfigured to accommodate the CDC’s recommended six feet of social distance during in-person instruction. Faculty can log in to UIS to review their teaching schedule and planned course modality, with instructions here for instructions identify each course’s format/modality within the system.  

This mode is the most traditional. Faculty must be prepared for these courses to shift fully online if needed.  

Hybrid courses come in two varieties. In all cases, faculty must be prepared for these courses to shift fully online if needed.  

For complete calendar details, including dates for rotating hybrid courses (i.e., the dates when each student group should attend classes in person), visit the Academic Calendar website.

  • Traditional Hybrid: In these courses, the faculty member and all enrolled students meet in person one day a week and online for a second weekly session. 
  • Rotating Courses:  This new format was developed to better reflect social distancing requirements in larger class sections. In this model, faculty members teach each session in person, but a rotating group of students attend either in person or online on a 2- or 3-week rotation (i.e., the students spend either 1 week in person/1 week online, or 1 week in person/2 weeks online). During their online weeks, students will participate in the course via a livestream and/or via a recorded. Your UIS schedule will indicate whether faculty and students will be committed to a 2- or 3-week rotation cycle. 

Online courses can be delivered in synchronous or asynchronous formats.  

  • Synchronous: In this format, faculty members livestream courses to remote learners on the exact days and times specified for the course. In addition, lectures/sessions are recorded for student use. 
  • Asynchronous: In this format, all interaction is asynchronous. If any sessions are offered synchronously, they must be recorded for student use, particularly by students who may be taking courses in very different time zones across the U.S. and abroad. 

Common Spaces

Though the third and fourth floors will be closed to faculty and students, the first-floor quiet study area will be open with limited capacity. For more information, visit the University Libraries website.  

Touchdown spaces will be available on first-come, first-served basis and will typically not be monitored. However, they have largely been reconfigured to ensure that seats and other furniture only accommodate safe social distancing. In addition, all spaces will be supplied with disinfectant wipes. Anyone using these spaces should wipe down surfaces upon arrival and upon departure to keep work areas clean.

Touchdown areas will provide students with space to take online classes while on campus. Though they are generally expected to be quiet areas (e.g., with headphones and limited talking), we understand that students may need to respond verbally to participate in their classes.

Touchdown Space Schedule

Queens Campus student touchdown spaces will be available as follows:  

  • Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. (DAC spaces will remain open until 11 p.m.)

  • Friday-Saturday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Sunday: only DAC will be open, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

NOTE: The Sullivan Lab will be open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and closed weekends.

The Staten Island Campus student touchdown space will be available from 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday.

 

Touchdown spaces will be available on first-come, first-served basis and will typically not be monitored. However, they have largely been reconfigured to ensure that seats and other furniture only accommodate safe social distancing. In addition, all spaces will be supplied with disinfectant wipes. Anyone using these spaces should wipe down surfaces upon arrival and upon departure to keep work areas clean.

Touchdown areas will offer faculty members a place to spend time between classes, which is especially important for those who do not have private offices.

Please keep an eye on communication from your deans and chairs for specific details on faculty spaces; we will also post details here ASAP.

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Faculty Resources

Information about our migration to Canvas (a new Learning Management Software), and how we've reconfigured teaching and learning spaces as we reopen.

Faculty Resources
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Student Resources

Information about “Red Storm Rising,” the new St. John’s student success course.

Student Resources