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.
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.
Online courses can be delivered in synchronous or asynchronous formats.
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.
Queens Campus student touchdown spaces will be available as follows:
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 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.
Information about our migration to Canvas (a new Learning Management Software), and how we've reconfigured teaching and learning spaces as we reopen.
Information about “Red Storm Rising,” the new St. John’s student success course.