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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.

Queens Campus Spring 2021 Touchdown Spaces

Touchdown Space Poster

Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. (DAC Spaces open until 11 p.m.)
Friday- Saturday: 7 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Sunday: Only DAC Spaces Open
NOTE: 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.

  • Tobin Incubation Lab 103
  • DAC Rooms 416A, 416B, and 416C
  • Marillac CVS Lounge 216
  • St. Augustine Hall
    • Writing Center Room 150
    • Quiet Study Room 115
    • Learning Commons Room 103
    • Library Third Floor South
  • Sullivan Hall Computer Lab First Floor

Staten Island Campus Spring 2021 Touchdown Spaces 

Spring 2021 Touchdown Spaces

The online class touchdown room is located in the Staten Island Campus Center Gymnasium and is open 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. 

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.

Introducing a new feature available in the St. John’s Connect mobile platform for reserving faculty touchdown spaces. As you know, these are the classroom spaces set aside for faculty use to teach or work in between scheduled on campus classes. This feature is available through both the mobile app and connect.stjohns.edu by following the steps below.

1 - Join the Building Group

  • After opening the mobile application, go to the menu item on the top left corner, choose “Groups”, then “Discover”.  
  • Next, select the magnifying glass icon at the top to search and type “Touchdown”. This will display all the building groups where touchdown spaces are available.
  • To join a building group, simply touch the “+” icon next to the group name, and then “Join” at the top right corner on the next screen. You can join as many of the building groups as you wish.

 2 - Book the Space

  • Go back the home screen, select the menu item on the top left of the mobile app and choose “Groups”. All your joined groups will now display under “My Groups”. Tap on the group in which you want to find an available space.
  • Once in the group, select “Events” . This will display all of the spaces and times within the building, grouped by date.
  • To reserve the space, scroll down to the room number and time you desire, and tap on that space. One the next page, scroll and press the “Register” button.
  • To begin the registration process, you will need to add an RSVP ticket, by tapping the “+”.
  • Note the option to register will only appear if the space has not already been booked and is available. You will be required to provide your name and email address to complete the registration. There is no cost associated to any bookings. Spaces can only be booked up to a week in advance.

Reserving Faculty Touchdown Spaces - Screencast

If you have any issues or questions, please contact the IT Service Desk at 718-990-5000 for assistance.

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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